The Morning Read: Friday, March 14, 2008

Investigators are looking into whether Eliot Spitzer used campaign money in connection to meeting with prostitutes.

“Spitzer’s Resignation Opens Door for Cuomo,” is the headline on this Wall Street Journal blog item.

New York magazine thinks the resignation helps Michael Bloomberg.

David Paterson did not rule out raising taxes.

Michael Bloomberg doesn’t want the legislature to raise taxes on the rich.

Paterson’s opposition to eminent domain could derail several development projects.

When asked if he’d ever been with a hooker while in office, Paterson said, “only the lobbyists,” and later, a spokesperson said the serious answer was “no.”

Spitzer’s call girl didn’t know who he really was until after their liaison.

She will testify in front of a federal grand jury.

State investigators are looking into how Spitzer’s security detail let him meet up with her.

Deval Patrick—the only other sitting black governor in the country—reached out to Paterson, according to the Times Union.

Susan Shapiro Barash considers the dilemma of Silda Wall Spitzer.

Just about everyone in media—adult and otherwise—wants something from Ashley Alexandra Dupree.

The trial of Assemblywoman Diane Gordon, who is accused of taking a bribe worth $500,000, begins this week.

One of Barack Obama’s earmarks was $1 million for the hospital that his wife sat on the board of.

Kevin Merida gives an exhaustive recount of the Geraldine Ferraro saga and writes, “It is not Geraldine Ferraro’s era of politics.”

The New York Times profiles Obama’s mother.

Mark Halperin has details of possible plans for the delegates of Michigan and Florida.

The AP devotes more space to the relationship between Obama and Jewish voters.

Patrick Ruffini at techPresident thinks “John McCain should do a daily video blog from everyday now until the election.”

Hillary Clinton and Obama both agree to debate in Pennsylvania, then Obama accepted a North Carolina debate hosted by CBS.

Bloomberg praised the “green” elements of the new Mets stadium.

Here’s more on that Quinnipiac poll of possible 2009 candidates that had Ray Kelly as the most favored potential mayoral candidate.

There’s a special election shaping up to replace Dennis Gallagher.

The head of the city’s teachers union said her members will grade the city’s Department of Education.

Joe Bruno writes in an op-ed, “I hope that as governor, Paterson will pursue a more moderate agenda than the one his Senate minority colleagues have long advocated.”

James Carville has an op-ed in the Financial Times, warning, "there seems to be an effort by the commentariat to sanitise American politics to some type of high-level Victorian debating society” and adding, “The number one advocate and proponent of this idiocy is the editorial page of The New York Times.”

Clyde Haberman wrote, “the unknown who is suddenly turned into a somebody generally does all right by us.”

Ronald Kessler writes a Wall Street Journal op-ed about Obama and his minister.

The New York Post editorial board thinks “New Yorkers should give the new gov the benefit of the doubt.”

The Daily News editorial board writes, “[T]he feds never bust anyone for doing what Spitzer did. Indicting him would be worse than selective prosecution. It would be individual prosecution.”

Gay City News likes Paterson.

And the Daily News is doing a photoshop contest featuring Spitzer.
The Morning Read: Friday, March 14, 2008