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P.T. Barnum has nothing on Albany. Andrew Cuomo is still missing-in-action. GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio is David Paterson's new best friend. The Governor isn't running for a full term.
And now, a holdover from Spitzer-gate is announcing her intention to run for governor.
Plus, Hiram Monserrate is running for the seat he was just expelled from, via a 52-8 vote by his peers.
The Times Union's Jimmy Vielkind is reporting that Kristin Davis, the woman involved in the scandal that ended in Eliot Spitzer's resignation in early 2008, is planning on petitioning her way onto the ballot. You can read Vielkind's report here at Capitol Confidential.
Madame Davis will run on a platform featuring the legalization of prostitution and marijuana as a means of cutting into the state's massive deficit. She'll also campaign in support of gay marriage.
At this point, it will be interesting to see how lawmakers respond. Paterson has submitted his budget, unpopular as it may be, and the state has to do something. The ball is no longer in Paterson's court.
Paterson has a press conference scheduled at 3 p.m.