Jan. 1, 2007: New York State Lt. Gov. David Paterson takes his oath of office at the New York state Capitol in Albany, N.Y., as his wife, Michelle Paige Paterson, right, watches. Attention turned to Paterson immediately after word surfaced that Gov. Eliot Spitzer had been linked to a high-priced prostitution ring. If Spitzer quits, Paterson automatically becomes governor and would complete Spitzer's term, which ends Dec. 31, 2010.

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