Morning Read: NY Dems Avoid Obama; Changes at NYCHA; Romney’s 13%

Mayor Bloomberg kissed a seal.

All of the GOP county chairs showed up for George McDonald’s mayoral discussion meeting, compared to the two that showed up for Malcolm Smith’s.

New York Democrats in tough races are skipping the convention with various excuses, which the GOP doesn’t buy.

Governor Cuomo touted Ben Lawsky’s $340 million settlement in a New York Post op-ed, and Albany’s already debating how to spend it.

Amid criticism, Mayor Bloomberg is replacing NYCHA board members.

The board chairman, John Rhea, sat down with the Daily News editorial board to discuss its problems, including that it has a backlog of 338,000 repair orders.

While the Post‘s editorial board criticized Bill Bratton for chatting with likely mayoral contenders. He should just run for Gracie Mansion in 2013 they argued.

David Storobin slammed President Obama on Israeli television.

Ted O’Brien, vying to replace Jim Alesi in theSenate, made his pitch on Capital Tonight.

More on Rhoda Jacobs’ tough reelection battle.

GOP Senate candidate Eric Ulrich is a fan of Democratic Council candidate Dara Adams.

After Rubén Díaz, Sr.’s complaints, some Brooklyn candidates paid him a visit as well.

The state’s new voter registration system might hurt Republicans, although plenty of Republicans seem to like it.

New York’s lobbying restrictions blocks some positive help state workers would otherwise provide.

Ashley Dupre, Eliot Spitzer’s infamous prostitute, is now engaged.

Mitt Romney claims to have spent at least 13% in taxes, while Harry Reid remained skeptical.

Romney’s transition team has been planning his presidency behind the scenes.

Team Romney claims Paul Ryan has been a huge draw of traffic, dollars and followers online.

Romney and Ryan are going to be campaigning together a lot.

Nate Silver still thinks Romney’s chances are a relatively low 31.3%.

The RNC is touting its $37.7 million July haul.