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File under "Do as I say"

Just when you think perhaps Gov. Paterson gets it, along comes this report from the Albany Times Union on the pruchase of a $21,000, 10-foot-by-15-foot antique carpet for the governor's mansion. The vendor was a big contibutor to the Spitzer-Paterson ticket.

Described as a "Turkish patchwork collection (made of antique rugs in Turkey)," the carpet sold for $16,811.25, according to an invoice obtained from the state Comptroller's Office.

There was an additional $4,350 for labor, supplies and decorative stitch work.

Stark Carpet Corp. contributed $3,000 to the Spitzer-Paterson gubernatorial campaign in 2005 and 2006. The firm also gave $5,000 in 2003, according to state records.

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