The Morning Read: Thursday, March 13, 2008

Before Eliot Spitzer resigned yesterday, his staff reportedly contacted Sheldon Silver to see if an impeachment process could be avoided.

The Financial Times reports, “A person close to the Spitzer camp said efforts to negotiate a plea deal fell through because the authorities viewed his resignation as a given, rather than a concession.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee wants Democrats to get rid of political contributions they got from Spitzer.

The prostitute who allegedly slept with Spitzer told the New York Times, “I just don’t want to be thought of as a monster.”

Here’s her MySpace page.

Bloomberg News reports that prosecutors are more likely to go after Spitzer for money laundering, not soliciting a prostitute.

Hillary Clinton apologized to black voters.

The contentious e-waste bill in the City Council gets split in two.

Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign the “controversial Green Carts bill” today.

Jacob Gershman gets an advance look at some Paterson talking points, one of which is that “the state must look to build and expand all aspects of clean energy infrastructure.”

Assembly Richard Brodsky said, “in terms of hundreds of nuisance taxes on the middle class but no taxes on the wealthy, I think that’s the kind of thing that David will instinctively want to change.

Spitzer could spend his $2.9 million in campaign funds on a number of things.

Some opponents of Spitzer’s plan to close a prison in the Hudson region hope Paterson will ditch the plan.

Silda Wall once told a friend she wouldn’t stand by her husband if he cheated, the Post reports.

After resigning, Spitzer avoided most of his staff, while his wife was more consoling.

Malcolm Smith doesn’t like how Joe Bruno is interpreting his new role.

Fred Dicker says, “I told you so.”

Scott Horton of the New Republic thinks investigators were on a fishing expedition for Spitzer.

Errol Louis says Paterson may be nice and affable, but also, “was part of a group of ambitious rising leaders” that included Greg Meeks and Al Sharpton.

Steve Malanga thinks the state’s problems are too big for Paterson.

Page Six has more on about the Inner Circle rewriting the script for their show.

Gail Collins writes, “The Spitzer scandal has completely undermined my confidence as a voter.”

Alan Dershowitz writes about the “entrapment” of Spitzer.

Of Spitzer, the New York Times editorial board says, “we still believe in his ideas for fixing Albany’s broken political system.”

And the Times Union editorial board ,. Paterson might lack the impressive mandate that Mr. Spitzer so briefly had. But he deserves the public’s trust and support.”

The Morning Read: Thursday, March 13, 2008