The Morning Read: Monday, January 28, 2008

Chris Smith profiles Kevin Sheekey and notes that former Bloomberg aide Patrick Brennan has been traveling across the country preparing for a presidential campaign.

Time magazine chats with Clay Mulford, the ballot access expert Bloomberg lunched with in Texas.

Whether or not Michael Bloomberg can keep his proposed seven percent property tax cut, as he has proposed, could depend on his testimony in front of state lawmakers today in Albany.

Danny Hakim says former Assembly Majority Leader Paul Tokasz is giving campaign money to legislators that his firm now lobbies.

Fred Dicker writes that Bill Howard, a figure in the Spitzer administration who was demoted after the probe began, got a promotion and pay raise.

New York Republicans are planning to drop their support for Rudy Giuliani if he fails in Florida, reports Liz.

Christine Quinn and others get a low grade from the New York League of Humane voters.

David Saltonstall thinks the date 1/29 will define Rudy Giuliani almost as much as 9/11.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are hunting for delegates, particularly “in Congressional districts where there are an odd number of delegates at stake, creating an opportunity to pick up an extra delegate.”

Josh Gerstein sees tough immigration talk from Clinton as a reason why some Latinos may not support her.

Ted Kennedy endorsed Obama in part because, after Iowa, he liked that Obama "was not defined as a black candidate, but seen as a transformational figure.”

Michelle Obama is different than Bill Clinton in many ways, including that he does, and she doesn’t, take questions from the press, writes Helen Kennedy.

Russell Berman looks at Obama advisor Susan Rice.

Andrew Jacobs finds gay voters here are gauging the candidates on topics other than just gay issues.

And the massive amount of security required by Pervez Musharraf is taking its toll on the pleasure-seeking of some businessmen at his hotel in London. The Morning Read: Monday, January 28, 2008