POLITICS
02/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dem Consultant: Paterson Managed To Anger "The Kennedys, The Cuomos And The Clintons"

When Gov. David A. Paterson began consulting with his aides about picking a replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton, they had one overriding message: First do no harm to yourself.

The potential benefits of any choice were few and fleeting, they said. But the potential costs of mishandling it -- to the governor's stature, to his political authority and even to his election chances -- were immense.

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