President Obama said the “spirited fellow” who showed up at last night’s debate was not “the real Mitt Romney.”

The Obama campaign also launched a new TV ad attacking Romney’s tax plan.

Team Romney responded with a “We Can’t Afford Four More Years” web ad.

More than 58 million people watched the debate – up from the 52.4 million viewers who tuned in for the first debate of the 2008 presidential campaign.

Mayor Bloomberg warned Romney (obliquely) not to get complacent after his debate win. The mayor is also one of the few who liked debate moderator Jim Lehrer’s performance.

Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s Republican opponent changed his mind about quitting the race and now plans to actively campaign against the scandal-scarred Brooklyn Democrat.

The State of New York paid out at least $5 million to settle sexual harassment cases from 2008 to 2010, with 5 of the 11 cases involving a single agency: The state Department of Corrections and Community Services.

A financial executive who co-chaired the Capital Region Economic Development Council has abruptly resigned.

Roll Call’s new list of House race rankings brings good news for the Democrats in NY-24, NY-21 and NY-25.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms Political Action Committee endorsed Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle’s re-election bid in NY-24.

School districts, villages and other special election districts can continue to use lever-style voting machines through 2014, under a law signed today by Cuomo.

Manhattan BP Scott Stringer’s 10-month-old son Max supports paid sick days legislation. (Or so his dad says).

Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.’s second trial on bribery charges will be held next year.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes clashed with former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani over the Bush tax cuts after last night’s debate.

Democratic state Senate candidate Simcha Felder won a write-in campaign for the Conservative line.

The NRCC keeps the heat on Rep. Tim Bishop with a new ad that calls him “corrupt.”

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino showed off his admirable Spanish-speaking skills at a Hispanic Heritage Month event.

If you can’t beat ’em