The Morning Read: October 30, 2006

The Times looks at who might join Eliot Spitzer’s administration.

Spitzer said he would send more money to private schools.

Barack Obama has donated more money to Democrats nationwide than Hillary Clinton. [UPDATE: Newsday’s Glenn Thrush clarifies this story here.]

Charles Krauthammer writes in the Wall Street Journal [subscription only] that Obama “should run in ’08. He will lose in ’08. And the loss will put him irrevocably on a path to the presidency.”

The state’s $1.1 billion surplus could put pressure on Spitzer to cut more taxes or increase spending, The Sun reports.

The Post endorses Spitzer for governor and Hillary for senate. Twice.

There’s some confusion as to when exactly a noted pastor endorsed Jeanine Pirro.

Pirro’s opponent, Andrew Cuomo, will get a fund-raiser hosted by Bill Clinton.

Hevesi has told friends he’d quit rather than be removed by the Senate so Democrats could pick his successor.

The only time a statewide elected official was removed from office in New York, it was a “coup” for Tammany Hall and they got help from Alfred E. Smith and Robert Wagner.

Page Six speculates about the relationship between Hevesi and Council member Melinda Katz.

Hevesi’s top adviser went from preeminent to invisible, but now he’s trying to save the Hevesi campaign.

Speaking of invisible, Hevesi won’t be partying with other Democrats on Election Night.

And a lot of money pours into upstate congressional races.

— Azi Paybarah

The Morning Read: October 30, 2006