LL Cool J announced that he was endorsing two-time
New York Governor George Pataki against Democratic candidate H. Carl McCall.
"The world that I come from, a lot of people
aren't interested in politics, quite frankly," LL said. "After seeing
how the governor handled the 9/11 situation, seeing what happened in this city
... I decided, you know what? I'm going to vote; I'm going to register. This
will be the first gentleman I vote for."
Pataki said that he was a fan of LL Cool J and
said that he consider him a good role model. "I think it's just incredible
the way that someone who is an entertainer, a superstar the magnitude of LL
Cool J, cares about his community," Pataki said.
Pataki is at the head of a storm of controversy
surrounding educational budget cuts in the state of New York. Russell Simmons,
P.Diddy and others have been very vocal about their opposition to Pataki and
both have issued public statements supporting McCall.
"It's not about parties, it's not about
race, it's not about what's cool or not cool, it's about action and it's about
people stepping up," Cool J. said.