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You know what interests me about today's news? It's that should Eliot Spitzer resign, the next governor of New York would simultaneously be both the first African-American and first blind governor the state has had.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Paterson

(Also see http://patersonfornewyork.com/ and http://www.ny.gov/governor/index-ltgov.html)

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As of a few minutes ago, someone had already updated it to remove the word "Lieutenant" --- and someone else had reverted it, with the comment "undo -- leave this out until it happens".

I love Wikipedia sometimes.
I didn't know that he was legally blind.

Then again, I had to look up his name as I had forgotten it (which is par for the course for this usually dead end job).
Yes he is. I was at the inauguration 14 months ago and his family led him up to the podium for swearing in.

already made mention to one of my co-workers (an immigrant Ugandan) about that same pair of potential firsts.
He would also be only the 3rd black gov. in the history of the USA, and it would be the first time that there were 2 at once.
That would be an interesting development. Word is that Mr. Paterson has already called around asking for support presumably for a transfer of executive power. Might even give the Obama campaign an indirect boost because of the African-American angle.
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