From the Morning Memo:

Former Gov. David Paterson was not surprised U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is running for president, telling NY1’s Inside City Hall on Wednesday he expected big things from her when he appointed her to fill Hillary Clinton’s seat in 2009.

“I did see in her the possibility that she would become a real star in the U.S. Senate,” Paterson said.

Gillibrand’s appointment, plucking her from relative obscurity in a Republican-leaning upstate House district was controversial at the time, given Paterson’s decision to pass over better-known figures who wanted the seat, including Caroline Kennedy, who stumbled during her rollout for the seat.

But Paterson said he believed upstate New York deserved a statewide voice with Gillibrand, who lives in Brunswick.

“Upstate New York had not had a senator in 42 years since Charles Goodell, so I thought it was a good concessions to the upstaters,” he said.

Paterson was not as thrilled with how Gillibrand has handled questions surrounding misconduct accusations leveled against former Sen. Al Franken and former President Bill Clinton, cautioning not to “anachronistically rejudge history.”

Gillibrand’s call for Franken to resign has led to some criticism from liberals within the Democratic Party.

“I think sometimes people in politics want to demonstrate they’re not make decisions based on who’s involved and that’s a really good way to think,” Paterson said.

Gillibrand joined the growing Democratic field for the presidential nomination this week, launching her campaign on The Late Show and then outside of a diner near her home with her family by her side.

Paterson also warned that the Democratic Party should not go too far to the left with its nominee against President Donald Trump.

“What you really want are people who can accomplish the same, but are not pushing as if this is a far more progressive country than it is,” he said. “I was always a progressive, but I know what the facts are.”

But for now, Paterson is not on the bandwagon for the campaign.

“I’m not supporting anyone for president,” he added, jokingly, “I’m in the witness protection program, which doesn’t allow for political activity.”