From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
For anyone wondering why the White House would possibly approach Gov. David Paterson, look no further than the fresh evidence from the latest statewide poll.
Rudy Giuliani beats Paterson 52%-35% in a general election in the latest Siena poll. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo beats Giuliani 52%-39%. Cuomo wallops Paterson in a primary, 66%-20%.
Pretty dreadful stuff. But Paterson does beat Rick Lazio 39%-35%. So is Paterson's only hope that Giuliani decides against a run, and Lazio is the best the Republican Governors Association and the state GOP can find?
The White House can read polls too.