03/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Paterson Admits He Ordered Staff To Deny Kennedy Was Top Choice

For the first time, Gov. David A. Paterson acknowledged Friday that he personally ordered his staff to contest Caroline Kennedy's version of events in the hours after she withdrew from consideration to be United States senator.

However, Mr. Paterson said that he was bewildered when his staffers subsequently unleashed harsh personal attacks against Ms. Kennedy, saying he merely wanted them to challenge the assertion from Ms. Kennedy's camp that she had been his first choice to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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