Mid-Morning Read: Obama’s Infomercial, Hall’s Staffer, Paterson’s Trip

Gary Tilzer says Lew Fidler funds “one of the city’s largest non-profit patronage operations in the city,” which the media isn’t smart enough to realize.

"I still am on a quest to find a John McCain supporter," New York 1 News reporter Roger Clark said this morning.

The Staten Island Advance endorsed Democrat Mike McMahon for Congress, but doesn’t mention the potentially complicating issues of tax increases, term limits or congestion pricing.

James Heaney suggests lawmakers cut back on their press operations.

“Grossly misleading,” ads flood race between congressional candidates Alice Kryzan and Republican Chris Lee.

City Councilwoman Inez Dickens' staffer is leaving to campaign (and blog!) in Wisconsin.

Representative John Hall dismissed a campaign aide living in New Paltz after it was revealed that she was registered to vote in Ohio.

Hall picked up the endorsement of the Herald-Record.

And the Westchester Journal News.

The Buffalo News endorsed Republican Michael Ranzenhofer over Democrat Joe Mesi, and gave Democrat Bill Stachowski an endorsement basically because they hope he becomes Finance chairman if Democrats take over that house.

Representative Mike Arcuri runs an ad about job creation.

Anthony Weiner talks about charter schools.

Joe Saladino is not endorsed by Newsday.

The New York Post endorsed Frank Padavan and Serf Maltese, arguing that Democrats shouldn’t control everything in Albany.

Rudy Giuliani campaigned for Sandy Treadwell.

David Paterson will visit St. Maarten, but won’t spend state money to get there.

Democratic congressional candidate Dan Maffei has a problem with local 43 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

The Times Union endorses in local Assembly races.

And here’s a fun picture of Eric Massa.