Governor Paterson’s Right-Hand Man Is Abusive Ex-Con

Chairman Zero isn’t the only of our moonbat rulers to surround himself with highly questionable characters. Not even the New York Times seems to like the smell emanating from Governor David Paterson’s right-hand man:

David W. Johnson has worked for Gov. David A. Paterson for much of his adult life. He began as a young, ambitious intern from Harlem when Mr. Paterson was a state legislator. He rose to be Mr. Paterson’s driver, serving as a kind of protector and scheduler.

In recent months, however, Mr. Johnson’s ascent has been striking: he is now one of the most senior people in the governor’s administration, paid $132,000. He is described as Mr. Paterson’s closest confidant, a man with a designated room for his overnight stays in the Executive Mansion, and a broadening role in areas like campaign strategy, government initiatives and the management of the governor’s staff.

A review of Mr. Johnson’s rise and his history, undertaken after he emerged as perhaps the man closest to the state’s chief executive, shows that he was twice arrested on felony drug charges as a teenager, including a charge of selling [crack] cocaine to an undercover officer in Harlem [at age 18; he could have gotten 25 years].

The examination of his background, based on interviews and records, shows he has at least one other arrest, for misdemeanor assault in the 1990s, although there is very little publicly available about that case. …

Mr. Johnson, 37, has also on three occasions been involved in altercations with women, two of which led to calls to the police. As recently as October, the police responded to a complaint of harassment at a Bronx address of a woman involved with him. …

In 2001, when Mr. Paterson was a state senator, Mr. Johnson, according to a person who was present, punched a girlfriend outside the senator’s Harlem office.

I don’t know what the big deal is about Johnson being a former crack dealer. After all, Comrade Obama has publicly boasted about his cocaine use, and was possibly involved in smuggling heroin from southwestern Asia during his mysterious college days. Look what a marvelous president he’s turned out to be.

At least we don’t have to worry about Chairman Zero abusing women. His Bitter Half would lay him out on the floor. In contrast, Johnson is 6’7″ and started working for Paterson essentially as muscle.

On a tip from Wiggins. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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