Pressure building for Paterson to resign

David Paterson faced rapidly waningsupport Thursday even among New York City's most influential blackleaders, while his top spokesman resigned and said he couldn't "ingood conscience continue."

The Rev. Al Sharpton convened a meeting of black politicians ata soul food restaurant in Harlem in an effort to craft a messageasking Paterson to resign, according to a senior state Democratbriefed on the meeting.

A state panel accused Paterson on Wednesday of illegallyobtaining World Series tickets, then lying about it. That chargecame on top of an investigation of whether the governor or staffmembers had inappropriate contact with a woman who made - but laterinexplicably dropped - an abuse complaint against an aide who hadaccompanied Paterson to the baseball game four days earlier.

Testimony by communications director Peter Kauffmann was key tothe decision by the Public Integrity Commission to charge Patersonwith an ethics violation. Kauffmann resigned Thursday, saying he"could not in good conscience continue in my current position."

The New York branch of the National Organization for Women andsome elected Democrats have been calling for Paterson'sresignation.

AP wire reports contributed to this article.

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