As if Governor Spitzer wasn’t already having a pretty shitty day, now there’s this: His lieutenant governor, David Paterson, passed out on a flight from La Guardia to Buffalo today; the plane was met by paramedics in Buffalo, where he remains hospitalized. “There is a little lovefest some of us here have with him,” Patterson told Steve Fishman for his Spitzer profile last week. Maybe his heart’s been broken?
Press release from the L.G.’s office after the jump.
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 24, 2007
CONTACT: Maritere Arce
STATEMENT REGARDING LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON
During a commercial flight from LaGuardia to Buffalo Regional Airport, Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson began to feel symptoms of dizziness, light-headedness, and fainted briefly. Upon arrival he was given oxygen by paramedics and brought by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). Doctors at the hospital have conducted a wide range of tests and all preliminary results have been negative. Lieutenant Governor Paterson is awake and alert and he will remain at ECMC for a short time for observation.
His public schedule has been cancelled for the rest of today.