ALBANY, N.Y. — Sen. Bill Clinton? Sen. Mario M. Cuomo? Don't rule it out.
The former president and the former New York governor are among several boldface names being touted as possible "caretakers" for New York's Senate seat -- people who would serve until the 2010 election but wouldn't be interested in running to keep the job. As the process of picking Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's replacement gets messier, the option may become increasingly attractive to Gov. David Paterson, who has sole authority to name a successor.
A spokesman for Bill Clinton said Wednesday that the former chief executive isn't interested in the job. Cuomo declined through a spokesman to discuss the seat.
A big name could have an immediate impact for New York in the Senate and let the large field of hopefuls duke it out in 2010, according to three Democratic Party advisors in New York and Washington who are close to the discussion with Paterson's inner circle.