The next comeback in New York City: David Paterson?

Another former New York governor is considering a political comeback.

David Paterson, who served as Eliot Spitzer's lieutenant governor before Spitzer's resignation, told the AP he might run for the seat of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) if the 83-year-old incumbent retires.

"I'm definitely looking at it," Paterson said.

Paterson suggested it might be better to get someone younger to represent the district but said he's not sure if the right candidate is out there.

"But I just find that the types of people I emulated when I was going around and served just aren't around anymore," he said. "Everyone is a deal maker. And that is what doesn't close off my interest."

While Spitzer succumbed to scandal, Paterson was highly unpopular as his replacement, struggling with the financial crisis that gripped the country in 2008 and 2009. Most polls toward the end of his tenure showed 60 percent of New Yorkers disapproved of him.

He was regularly lampooned on Saturday Night Live as a hapless governor who was totally out of his element in a job he was never meant to have. And the image largely stuck.

Rangel, who in recent years has dealt with an ethics investigation and a censure from his colleagues, has thus far resisted suggestions that he retire and has turned aside primary challenges.

He has not made his 2014 intentions known.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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