The Morning Read: Friday, May 30, 2008

The New York Post reports on Barack Obama’s other controversial pastor.

Michigan Democrats are not happy with a plan to seat half their delegates.

Hillary Clinton is heading for a “zodiacal disaster,” writes David Saltonstall.

When asked about having the unpopular Dick Cheney at a Republican fund-raiser in Manhattan last night, Dean Skelos said, “I’m sure Jimmy Carter will be at many Democrat fund-raisers.”

At that event, Joe Bruno called Eliot Spitzer “demented.”

David Paterson’s same-sex marriage directive seemed to catch Gay City News off-guard.

In an interview, Paterson said, “I’ve wanted to be someone in the African-American community who recognizes the new civil rights struggle that is being undertaken by gay and lesbian and transgendered people.”

Bruno is pushing a “defense of marriage” bill.

Now, there’s a Coalition to Save Marriage in New York.

Democratic City Council candidate Elizabeth Crowley doesn’t support same-sex marriage, but was endorsed by a gay club.

Crowley’s position did not go unnoticed.

The Queens Tribune, to which Crowley explained her opposition to same-sex marriage, endorsed her.

Speaking about Paterson’s directive Republican Serph Maltese said, “The least that should have been done is to wait until we are out of session.”

The New York Times editorial board thinks Paterson “is on firm legal, as well as moral, ground.”

Adam Liptak explains the legal angle.

The New York Post editorial board wants Paterson to act now to reduce state spending.

Republicans endorsed Francis Powers, an M.T.A. board member and Vito Fossella’s finance chair, to run for Fossella’s seat.

Some Republicans thinks they don’t know Powers well.

Tom Wrobleski called it: “[A] move that political observers did not see coming.”

Duncan Osborne looks at the bundlers in the 2009 mayor’s race and finds Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner don’t want to talk about it.

Republicans in Albany are still pushing for a break from the gas tax.

Bruno reportedly is getting ready for re-election.

On the John Sabini-Hiram Monserrate race, Mike Schenkler laments, “[O]ne elected official plagued by a conviction for driving under the influence may need an indictment of another elected official – his opponent – in order to win reelection.”

Gersh Kuntzman wants to talk to Yvette Clarke about the political club that did not endorse her.

Spouses of M.T.A. board members get travel perks. (Pete Donohue is not finished!)

Transport Workers Union President Roger Toussaint is coming under fire because the building he sold was later sold for $31 million more than he paid.

A court is reviewing Spitzer’s case against Dick Grasso.

And on the topic of Scott McClellan’s book, Clyde Haberman writes, “Invariably, books of this type are labeled ‘tell-all.’ But ‘tell when’ is more the issue.”

The Morning Read: Friday, May 30, 2008