New York State Governor David Paterson on Wednesday forgot his role – literally. On two separate occasions during a speech given to reporters, Paterson referred to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as “the governor.”

Um, Dave. That would be YOU.

Of course, Bloomberg has had his name thrown around as a potential candidate for governor in 2010 … unless of course he becomes a vice presidential running mate for John McCain … or Barack Obama. His name has been bandied about as a potential running mate for either.

Yesterday on Reason, I talked a lot about the governor’s “hiring freeze” and his desire to pare the budget by $1.2 billion.

Of course, Paterson hasn’t curbed spending in his own office. He’s added six staffers … and increased nearly everyone’s pay.

Needless to say, this has upset some state workers.