Morning Read: Bloomberg Makes Himself Heard on Guns, Stark; Morgenthau Considers a Return

Erin Einhorn writes, “It's hard to compare the barely existent campaigns of any mayoral hopeful to Mayor Bloomberg's cash-rich, highly coordinated reelection machine – but that doesn't mean the Bloomberg campaign would let slide a Web video questioning his legacy.”

Bloomberg won’t say how much he’s spending to run ads in Virginia against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell.

McDonnell aides called the ad by Bloomberg an “attack.”

A Virginia blogger says Bloomberg’s ads could backfire and “generate a larger turnout for McDonnell” in some areas.

“Would it stop at this point? Unfortunately, I don’t believe that it would,” said a Virginia gun dealer in response to Bloomberg’s call for tougher gun control laws.

Bill Thompson’s new campaign spokeswoman is Anne Fenton, reports Bob Kappstatter.

A poll by Politico finds voters say Bloomberg, among others, is  more credible on the economy than Tim Geithner.

Bloomberg isn’t publicly defending his finance commissioner, Martha Stark, anymore.

His “confidence” in her was “invisible yesterday,” writes David Seifman.

Peter Orszag says Bloomberg isn’t wrong in saying there’s no link between the economy and crime.

Michael Barbaro finds examples showing Bloomberg is wrong.

David Chen looks at Bloomberg’s friendliness to the business community in this era of populist anger.

Anthony Weiner has daily conference calls with his campaign team.

Rock Hackshaw tries drafting Weiner back into the race, and writes, “You are Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier all rolled into your bony white body/lol. Bring it; bring it on now!”

Readers at Independent Political Report do not react well to news that Bloomberg is seeking the Working Families Party line.

Clyde Haberman says “dignity went down for the count” after Jay Savino endorsed Bloomberg for re-election.

Eliot Spitzer wants to be the attorney general in 2010, according to an item on Page Six.

Is that what Charles O’Byrne and Sean Patrick Maloney were talking about?

Kirsten Gillibrand heads to Steve Israel’s backyard on Friday, and will also hang out with Tim Bishop.

Tom Brune says Carolyn McCarthy has done “little” to back up her threat to challenge Gillibrand.

Edward-Isaac Dovere writes “Morgenthau is said to have been so frustrated at points that there have been considerations of [Cy] Vance exiting the race, followed either with him backing Richard Aborn, or even getting back into the race himself.”

David Yassky is staying neutral in the race to replace him, which could benefit Vito Lopez’s protégé.

David Friedlander says the Working Families Party credibility in city races all hinges on Bill de Blasio’s campaign.

The city’s plan to ship garbage out of state is more expensive than previously thought.

“What is the precedent exactly?" David Paterson’s spokeswoman asks. " That every 80 years, when there’s a historic economic and fiscal crisis, the state work force might only get half its planned raise?”

Tom Suozzi has advice for how Senate Democrats and the governor can boost their popularity.

Vito Fossella will serve five days in jail after pleading guilty to drunk driving, a surprise move that came in light of a major league baseball player killed by a drunk driver.

“They’ve turned us into the ashtray for the entire city,” said Peter Vallone Jr. about power plants in his neighborhood.

Democrat Mark Lesko is hiring a Republican.

Ari Melber wants to follow New York politicians on Twitter.

A Poughkeepsie school official wants to raise taxes by two percent.

And here’s a video from City Council candidate Saquan Jones of Brooklyn, asking 50 people to each collect 50 signatures to help him get on the ballot.