The Morning Read: October 5, 2006

Attorney General hopeful Jeanine Pirro insisted Bernie Kerik’s firm get a no-bid contract while Pirro was Westchester D.A.

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s wife may have used a state-issued computer to email the couple’s daughter, said Hevesi’s opponent, Chris Callaghan.

Gubernatorial front-runner Eliot Spitzer’s running mate, David Paterson, had kind words for Jeanine Pirro, saying she was having a “personal situation” and that prosecutors should “move on.”

Paterson was less kind to state Republicans and their efforts at reforming Albany:
“They’ve had more missed opportunities than Mark Foley’s datebook.”

The Daily News looks at Al Pirro’s law license and a 2002 bankruptcy filing.

The New York Sun looks at the state senate’s new minority leader, Malcolm Smith, who is no liberal Democrat.

In race for state senate seat on Staten Island, Conservatives back their own candidate, not the Republican.

Upstate Congressman Tom Reynolds defended his actions in the Mark Foley sex scandal while campaigning with First Lady Laura Bush.

Foley’s sexually-charged emails to minors were given to news outlets by a Republican.

— Azi Paybarah

The Morning Read: October 5, 2006