9. David Paterson « The Washington Independent
Image has not been found. URL: /wp-content/uploads/2009/12/paterson.jpgPaterson became governor of New York in 2008 after Elliot Spitzer resigned amid sex scandals. At the time, Democrats were pleased to be getting rid of Spitzer and believed that with Paterson running for a full term in 2010, the party would have a strong shot at holding the governorship. But soon both Paterson and his wife were publicly admitting their own extramarital affairs and former drug use. Spitzer made some stumbles this year and voters report they have little confidence in his ability to lead (a negative view Paterson supporters blame on the economic downturn.) At the end of 2009, polls show Paterson with reverse approval ratings, making him extremely vulnerable for reelection … if he runs.