Clyburn: Obama message to Paterson ‘sophomoric’

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Sunday called a reported message from the president asking the reeling Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) to bow out of the race a "sophomoric" political move.

Clyburn’s statement comes as one of the harshest condemnation’s of President Barack Obama’s alleged request of Paterson. The White House and Paterson denied that the White House explicitly asked the embattled governor to step aside.

"I abhor what I hear, the Congressional Black Caucus member said on TV One’s Roland Martin. "If what I hear is true, it was absolutely done in a sophomoric way."

"There is a way to deal with these kind of situations and for some strange reason, some astute politicians dealt with it wrongly — in my opinion," he added.

Clyburn appeared on "Washington Watch," a new show on TV One, which is catered to a black audience.

President Obama spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus annual awards dinner last night. Clyburn was in attendance, but the issue of Paterson did not come up in the president’s remarks.

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