Out of Spitzer's Ashes, a New Day

More and more, political leadership in America looks like all of America.

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Like all New Yorkers, I am deeply saddened by this week's events. But out of the ashes of this firestorm comes renewed hope.

When David Paterson is sworn in next Monday, he will become the first African-American governor in New York State's history. His ascension to the office marks the latest in a growing and hopeful trend. Across the nation, people are willing to support their leaders based on their qualifications rather than their gender or race.

That open-minded spirit led me to win two terms as State Comptroller and my party's nomination as its candidate for Governor. It was the reason for the historic election of Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts and David Paterson's election as our lieutenant governor. And that same openness has led to a presidential primary where both remaining Democratic candidates will make history if elected.

More and more, political leadership in America looks like all of America.

David Paterson is exactly the Governor New York State needs.

If I know David Paterson, he'll listen to all New Yorkers, and reach across party lines to create partnerships for progress. He'll fight for good schools, more and better jobs, a cost effective health