Morning Read: ‘Gotta Pay Up’

"Not my best day yesterday. Should've known better, been better. Gotta pay up," Barbara Morgan tweeted.

“Not my best day yesterday. Should’ve known better, been better. Gotta pay up,” Barbara Morgan tweeted.

Headline of the Day: “Monica Lewinsky’s sexy tape to Bill Clinton unearthed after 15 years.”

Runner-Up: “Second Place Now a ‘Battle Of the Bills”

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson may be on the defense over his positions on stop-and-frisk and police profiling, but one potential supporter is confident in his stance. While Mr. Thompson has sent “confusing signals” about this issue, “he has enough of a track record where you can give him the benefit of the doubt,” Rev. Al Sharpton told the Wall Street Journal, suggesting Mr. Thomspon’s stance on the issue might be “political.”

At least three former aides to ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani have formed a new political action committee to support former Deputy Mayor Joe Lhota‘s campaign for mayor, Crain’s New York Business reports. It remains unclear how much the group, called “New Yorkers for Proven Leadership,” intends to spend on the race. But a spokesman stressed the the former mayor will not personally be involved.

“The slow burning races for New York City mayor and comptroller have suddenly turned hot,” writes the New York Times, noting the increasingly negative tone of the city’s contests, six weeks before Primary Day. But consultant-types tell the paper the shift is nothing new. “There are some things that are as sure in life as the swallows returning to Capistrano … Among them are that as you get closer to the election, candidates will begin to draw contrasts with one another, and another is that people will decry how negative the tenor of campaigns has become,” Evan Stavisky explained.

Staten Island’s Mike Ryan still believes he has a shot at running the beleaguered Board of Elections, despite what appears to be a significant behind-the-scenes push by Brooklyn Democratic Chair Frank Seddio to get Brooklyn Councilman Erik Dilan the job. “For those who chose not vote for me, they have to make their own decisions [for] their own reasons, [but] I believe this process will continue and perhaps on further reflection they may come to a different conclusion,” Mr. Ryan told the Daily News. Mr. Dilan, of course, is the crucial 34th vote the City Council needs to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the controversial racial profiling bill.

Although he’s rarely mention in coverage of the public advocate’s race, NYPD civilian official Sidique Wai is campaigning away as well. Last night he was on Road to City Hall and suggested a proposal to reign in concerns over stop-and-frisk:”There are cameras all over the city now. You have cameras in radio cars, you have cameras in the streets, you have cameras in supermarkets. Why don’t we just insert a little camera in a lapel pin of police officers and that camera could only be activated upon contact?”

Antony Weiner‘s wife, Huma Abedin, was reportedly so distraught after he admitted to a new round of sexting, that she strongly considered leaving him, according to People Magazine. The couple reportedly went as far as telling family members they were considering splitting, “But when it came to actually packing her bags and carrying their son Jordan away, Abedin couldn’t do it … ‘Huma has a very strong moral character, and she made a commitment for better or worse,'” one “longtime friend” told the magazine.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza had this to say about Mr. Weiner’s candidacy: “At some point in the last week, Weiner — that is, his campaign — went from a somewhat amazing spectacle to just plain sad. It’s a circus that all of a sudden took a turn for the decidedly depressing.”

And the fallout over Weiner camp communications director Barbara Morgan‘s expletive-laced rant against a former intern continues. Last night on the Daily Show, host John Oliver weighed in, noting, “Normally that kind of thing would cost you your job, but what is Anthony Weiner going to do? Fire her for inappropriate behavior?”

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