The Morning Read: Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani have way more money than their rivals.

Fred Thompson reminded Fox viewers the Rudy Giuliani supported Mario Cuomo.

Later, Thompson described himself as a “consistent conservative” during a dinner for the New York State Conservative Party.

Eliot Spitzer, Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch will be among the attendees at Thursday’s Al Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria.

The effort to draft Bloomberg to run for president gets a new consultant.

Bloomberg is featured in re-election ads for Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone which began airing last week.

Republicans held a four-hour hearing on Spitzer’s driver’s license plan yesterday.

Bloomberg wants to block the TWU’s ability to collect union fees from its members automatically because the union held an illegal strike earlier.

Some City Council members earn more than $100,000 from their second jobs outside city government.

Among the top earners are Lew Fidler and David Weprin.

Christine Quinn’s office called Hillary Clinton’s office before delaying a hearing on a bill supportive of Barack Obama’s legislation.

Marty Golden has an op-ed piece about the tax on cigarettes and the illegal cigarette trade.

Bill Hammond wants Spitzer to stop his driver’s license policy, saying, “A decision this big and important deserved a more democratic process.”

And the Daily News editorial board wants the head of TWU to promise not to strike again before regaining the ability to collect union dues automatically.