Incoming Governor David Paterson Asked: Have You Slept With Prostitutes?

08/14/2008 12:43 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Capitol Red Room is jam-packed with reporters, lobbyists, and state staffers for LG David Paterson's first press conference as governor-in-waiting.

It's more crowded than I have ever seen it in the almost 10 years I've been covering Albany.

Paterson started off, in his usual way, with a joke. He was met with applause when he walked into the room, and when it died down, he said: "If most of you weren't being paid, I'd be flattered by this..."

...The Sun's Jacob Gershman asked Paterson, so "New Yorkers don't have to go through this again," whether the LG had ever patronized a prostitute. Paterson seemed ready for that question, and quipped.

"Only the lobbyists."

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Read more here about the Emperors Club, the high-end prostitution ring that Spitzer is alleged to have used.

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