Morning Read: ‘We Didn’t Get Everything Right’

spitzer debate Morning Read: We Didn’t Get Everything Right

Eliot Spitzer debated Glenn Beck last night, surrounded by boxing-themed gear. (Photo: DISH)

Joe Lhota, the head of the M.T.A., tweeted the following in response to a story of a teen licking a subway station rail, “I DON’T RECOMMEND THIS. I’M WORRIED ABOUT AMERICAN YOUTH.”

Shockingly, Councilman Charles Barron disagreed with some conservatives about the recently-uncovered video of President Barack Obama speaking on Hurricane Katrina. “To me, that’s not a racially charged speech,” he explained. “That is the truth.”

Siena College released two surveys on the races to replace outgoing State Senators Jim Alesi and Suzi Oppenheimer–two of the most highly contested campaigns in the state. They found Democratic Assemblyman George Latimer narrowly up in Ms. Oppenheimer’s Westchester-based seat, even as Mitt Romney edges Mr. Obama out among the same voters. In the other poll, GOP Assemblyman Sean Hanna leads by 8 in Mr. Alesi’s Rochester district, where Mr. Obama is just crushing Mr. Romney.

In another top race, Democratic State Senate contender Mike Amodeo went on Capital Tonight to pitch why he’s the best choice over GOP incumbent Mark Grisanti and fellow Democrat Chuck Swanick, who is running on the Conservative Party’s line. The Senate Democrats seemed to have been supporting Mr. Swanick in the primary, but Mr. Amodeo said that was no big deal. “No, that was his decision in the primary, a lot of people discounted me as a candidate from the beginning,” he said of Senator Mike Gianaris, the head of his conference’s campaign efforts contributing to Mr. Swanick’s war chest. “We got our people out and the support out, it was a grassroots effort, and we were able to win big by more than a 2-to-1 margin. So that’s really not a factor going forward.”

“It was a map to start the conversation,” Carl Hum, the executive director of the City Council’s redistricting commission, said of their draft map for 2013, arguing that the lines totally don’t reflect political concerns. He added, “We didn’t get everything right.”

Lede of the Day: “Friends of pervy Assemblyman Vito Lopez are urging him to steer clear of Albany even if he continues to cling to his legislative seat.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s girlfriend Diana Taylor will be hosting a fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidate Sean Patrick Maloney as he aims to unseat freshman Rep. Nan Hayworth in her Hudson Valley-based district. The fundraiser will be held at Mr. Bloomberg’s Upper East Side home.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, attempting to boost the prospects of Congressman Bill Owens, released a fairly generic ad attacking GOP hopeful Matt Doheny for things like supporting Paul Ryan’s budget plan: