The Morning Read: Thursday, March 20, 2008

Upstate Representative Tom Reynolds is expected to announce his resignation later today.

Ten wealthy Clinton donors—including Jon Corzine—have told the governor of Michigan that they will bankroll a new primary.

A statement from the Obama campaign says this means the Clinton campaign “appear[s] more than happy to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters.”

The Clinton campaign responded by saying that the Obama campaign’s resistance to a re-vote is the result of his “insistence on disenfranchising voters in Michigan.”

Responding to Michael Bloomberg, Anthony Weiner says he’s interested in “solutions, not name calling.”

The New York Times profiles David Paterson’s chief of staff, Charles O’Byrne.

Paterson “gave little indication that he had been swayed by the mayor’s arguments” for congestion pricing.

He also spoke disapprovingly of raising taxes on the rich.

And asked for resignation letters from all his top staffers and commissioners.

The city education department confirmed they hired a woman whom they had previously turned down after Paterson called to recommend her.

The Daily News looks at Paterson’s campaign filings, and finds some money may be linked to an affair.

In his new book, Chuck Hagel writes that America needs independent leadership.

Errol Louis likes Paterson.

A new CBS poll shows that the lead of both Democrats over McCain in a hypothetical general election has narrowed.

Adam Nagourney writes that Clinton’s shot at the nomination “seems to have grown a little longer.”

Dick Morris thinks the Wright controversy won’t sink the Obama campaign, partly because he’s already won the nomination.

Jim Webb says he is not interested in becoming the Democratic vice-presidential candidate.

Jonathan Martin figures out who was behind an anti-Obama YouTube montage.

The group that got Clinton’s White House schedules released is now pushing for her phone logs to be made public.

Lacking much real news to mine from those schedules, the AP confirms that she was in the White House during some of those Monica encounters.

In other news from last decade, Obama says it’s pretty clear O.J. was guilty.

The Morning Read: Thursday, March 20, 2008