The Morning Read: October 20, 2006

The Times looks at John Spencer, who is debating Hillary Clinton tonight. The Vietnam veteran told the paper, “She had flowers in her hair, and I had a rifle in my hand.”

Eliot Spitzer’s office said they are not investigating Jeanine Pirro, who still trails Andrew Cuomo in the polls.

John Faso accused Spitzer of being “complicit” in the effort to delay construction of the Moynihan Station.

The Post endorses Joe Lieberman for the Senate.

Alan Hevesi told the Journal News editorial board the chauffeur scandal hurt his credibility with the public.

Retiring state Senator John Marchi of Staten Island collapsed and was hospitalized after the Al Smith Dinner last night.

Mike Bloomberg may earn as much as $7 billion in a business deal involving his company.

John McCain canceled his scheduled appearance today with Tom Reynolds, citing his the poor health of his mother in Arizona.

Spitzer indicated he may push legislators to reveal their outside income, including the speaker of the Assembly.

And the Mets’ season came down to a hanging 83 mile-an-hour meatball. Crap.

— Azi Paybarah

The Morning Read: October 20, 2006