The Morning Read: Friday, February 29, 2008

Michael Bloomberg didn’t say no to running for vice president.

Bloomberg “advisers clearly envision him as a kind of kingmaker” but “it is not clear a nod from Mr. Bloomberg would have much meaning,” the New York Times writes.

Bloomberg told reporters, “If I want to get a message out, I think it’s relatively easy to do that.”

The mayor is skipping a parade in the Rockaways, and avoiding some possible protesters.

Frank Luntz may be hired by the state Republican Party.

Sheldon Silver picked the head of the law firm where he is “of counsel” to run the state’s judicial screening panel.

David Soares’ probe of Eliot Spitzer’s office will finish next month, reports Joe Mahoney.

Spitzer suspended plans to sell the property near the Javits center.

Tom DiNapoli said New York State’s debt cost could increase by fifty percent.

Tony Avella wants full public funding of political campaigns.

Here’s a story about the Republican opponents of State Senator Toby Stavisky, the “entrenched Democratic incumbent.”

No major elected official attended a Human Rights Campaign event in Manhattan.

Another candidate joins the race for the seat being vacated by Mike McNulty.

Rudy Giuliani’s consulting firm is laying off employees.

Barack Obama raised more money than Hillary Clinton.

Clinton’s campaign in-fighting goes public.

Dan Janison calls Clinton’s position on NAFTA a “work in progress.”

A newspaper in Binghamton doesn’t like the idea of Democrats controlling state government.

The New York Post likes Spitzer’s change of heart about the Javits Center.

And Gay City News’ editorial board writes, “Spitzer’s reputation is improving for reasons unrelated to the bitter battles between Republicans and Democrats.”

The Morning Read: Friday, February 29, 2008