State GOP leaders have a certain type of candidate in mind for the 2006 election -- that is if Pataki doesn't run -- and that candidate would be very rich and able to fund his own campaign since the state Republican organization expects to have to spend a considerable amount of money in an attempt to defeat Sen. Hillary's Clinton's run at re-election, The New York Times reported Monday.
New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer has said he will seek the Democratic Party nomination for governor.
New York magazine reported William Weld, a New York native but one-time governor of Massachusetts, is being considered. Stephen Minarik, New York Republican Party chairman, however, said neither Weld nor his aides had been approached by the party since December.
Minarik told the Times, "Bill Weld would be someone that we would reach out to if we had an opening but we don't have an opening."
Weld was governor of Massachusetts from 1991-97, when he resigned to become the U.S. ambassador to Mexico.