Gov. David A. Paterson said his predecessor has never indicated a desire to run again for elective office.
"In my conversations with him he has seemed very much the opposite," Paterson said in the Capitol. "No, he never brought that up."
Spitzer, who resigned amid a prostitution scandal in 2008, did not return phone calls to his Manhattan real estate office. But NY1 News reported the former governor Tuesday called a New York Post story stating he's considering a run for statewide office "totally untrue.
"I think it was undoubtable that in his time in public service that Eliot Spitzer was an outstanding public servant," Paterson said of the man he served with as lieutenant governor for 14 months. "What he does from here on in is his decision and eventually the public's."
Asked what office Spitzer should seek, Paterson quipped, "I didn't hear governor so it sounds all right to me."
Other observers said the story did not hold water.
A longtime Spitzer political ally called the story "ridiculous."
A high-ranking state Democrat said there's been no clamor among the state's political elite for Spitzer to seek office.
"I don't get the impression that anybody would be receiving him with open arms," the Democrat said.
And Jay Jacobs, the incoming Democratic state chairman, said he's heard nothing about a Spitzer political comeback.
"I think this is just speculation," he said. "It could be a trial balloon."
With Dan Janison
and James T. Madore