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David Paterson's confessions of adultery are definitely getting much more of a libertarian reaction than Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal. NY Times:
Senator Joseph L. Bruno, the majority leader, said the Patersons' marital problems were nobody's business but their own as he brushed off suggestions that the affair threatened to interfere with the state's business.
"His personal life is his personal life and he has to share what he's comfortable sharing," Mr. Bruno told reporters this morning. "And as long as it doesn't interfere with how he's governing, its nobody's business. David is able to handle himself. He's always been a good friend and handled himself properly, and I expect he will continue to handle himself properly."
Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the State Assembly, said he admired Mr. Paterson's courage in admitting the infidelity and suggested that the couple's past problems, which he called "a nice story," could serve as an inspiration to other couples who find their marriages imperiled.
"He basically said: 'Here are the facts. It's not an uncommon occurrence in people's lives when marriages are failing, and this is how we worked it out,' " Mr. Silver said. "I think it should be a message to people who maybe find themselves in similar circumstances."
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