The Morning Read: October 16, 2006

The Times likes Hillary Clinton where she is, saying in an endorsement that “It seems as if in the Senate, Mrs. Clinton has found her true calling.”

Iowa is less enthusiastic about her.

At a recent fund-raiser in Manhattan, Hillary Clinton named several Democrats nationwide she’s trying to help. Ned Lamont was not on the list.

Jeanine and Al Pirro talk about their marriage to New York Magazine, with Al Pirro saying at one point, “It was extraterrestrial.”

Andrew Cuomo and Jeanine Pirro debated and Pirro went sharply negative. The Times notes that Pirro waved her finger while Cuomo smiled and looked at camera.

The Truth Squad points out that Cuomo exaggerated Pirro’s legal woes, while Pirro overstated Cuomo’s blemishes at HUD.

Al Pirro’s lobbying firm got money from a company owned by another company working with the outspoken, Bush-hating President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. (Now that’s research!)

Fred Dicker says that Alan Hevesi’s political consultant, Hank Morris, is running the comptroller’s office and there’s talk a grand jury might get seated in connected to Hevesi’s chauffeur scandal.

Al D’Amato and Ed Koch agree on the dismal prospects of New York Republicans.

John Faso is one of the poorest gubernatorial candidates in recent New York history.

You have to go back to 1990 and Republican Pierre Rinfret, who netted a paltry 22 percent of the vote after spending less than $1 million, to find a lower total than Faso’s.”

Eliot Spitzer’s closest adviser, Rich Baum, gets profiled. The Middletown Record says that Baum “has no official title and doesn’t need one.”

Rep. Vito Fossella is handing out literature basically saying that a vote for his opponent is a vote for Osama Bin Laden.

Rep. John Sweeney won’t debate Kirsten Gillibrand until she releases her tax information, creating the inevitable debate about debates.

– Azi Paybarah