The Electronic Ghost of Gov. Paterson

Okay. This post is political, but it’s funny. Andrew Cuomo is New York’s newest governor.

Or is he?

My friend Diane received this automatic e-mail reply to a comment she left on the governor’s website, (bold sections are my emphasis):

From: Governor Cuomo <>
Sent: Wed, February 9, 2011 10:39:52 AM
Subject: Thank you for your Correspondence

    Thank you for your email. Feedback from New Yorkers and others is essential to my work as Governor, and it is important to me to know your views and issues of concern. Due to the volume of emails this office receives, it can take some time to provide a personal response to your correspondence. I want to assure you, however, that your email has been received, and will be read and shared with the appropriate members of my staff.  

    I encourage you to visit my website at, and please feel free to contact my office again about this matter or any other.

    Once again, thank you, and warmest regards.


    Governor David A. Paterson

Perhaps Gov. Paterson never really left office. Maybe a secret scientific experiment ethereally shifted a portion of Paterson’s consciousness into a Matrix-like existence. Quietly he haunts the internet realm, randomly putting his electronic signature on e-mails crossing his path.

Or maybe someone needs to update the auto-response.

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