Morning Read: ‘I’m Just an Empty, Soulless Vessel’

Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo at the Columbus Day parade. (Photo: Getty)

Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo at the Columbus Day parade. (Photo: Getty)

Headline of the Day: “The Ad Campaign: Far Behind, Lhota Takes a Risk.”

Runner-Up: “One pic from Lhota’s ‘Can’t Go Back’ ad goes back only to Bloomberg.”

After Bill de Blasio declared that reporters had misinterpreted Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s remarks about his tax-the-rich proposal, the Daily News published more of the interview to insist it would be a non-starter. “A campaign program is one thing,” Mr. Cuomo quipped, “a government program is something else.”

Tablet Magazine looked at Mr. de Blasio’s roots in the Orthodox Jewish community, noting he “spent the months before the 2001 City Council election working the midnight Borough Park synagogue circuit.” This, in addition to basic advance work, has helped him avoid awkward incidents like the one rival Joe Lhota experienced yesterday.

GQ magazine profiled the waning days of Anthony Weiner‘s mayoral campaign. “A lot of times, when people said to me, ‘You’re being pilloried,’ you could hear between the lines,’ he told me. ‘You could hear, ‘I do this, too,’” Mr. Weiner said of sexting. “But what difference does that make? I have to talk to voters in their own vocabulary about it. That’s hard.”

As to Mr. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, the ex-congressman reflected, “Huma’s been kind of traumatized by this whole thing.” “But we’ve had a very rough time. It causes me a great deal of pain in the way she gets reported,” he said. “She’s more sensitive. I’m just an empty, soulless vessel, so it doesn’t hurt me as much.”

And Mayor Michael Bloomberg also had some candid moments in the latest New Yorker issue. “I like women, and I think they look stunning in high heels – not that they look bad without high heels,” the mayor said at a recent party. “If I were a woman, I think I would wear high heels.” Christine Quinn once said the mayor “likes me in high heels.”