ALBANY—David Paterson said he is considering Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for an appointment to the U.S. Senate.
"He's a person that is the only current elected statewide official in New York, the rest of us came to our positions one way or the other. We won't rehash that," Paterson told Katie Couric and Bob Schieffer on CBS. "But he has outstanding qualities and is someone I'm considering."
Neither Paterson nor Cuomo have publicly disclosed whether Cuomo was a candidate, at times citing attorney-client privilege. Cuomo has taken pains not to be seen as campaigning for the Senate, but reportedly met with the governor to discuss the seat.
Paterson has said he is reviewing 28-page questionnaires from all the prospective candidates, and if Cuomo was under consideration, it would imply he has submitted the document.
A Paterson spokesman did not immediately clarify.
Schieffer asked Paterson whether he was concerned Cuomo would run against him in a primary in 2010 for the governorship. Paterson answered: "He's told me that he doesn't want to run against me, and, but, I would think that's the case. What's important in these situations, Bob, is there are a lot of ancillary factors that can affect these situations."
Paterson also said he had not heard from Senator Ted Kennedy about his niece, Caroline, considered a leading contender for it. He said he was "impressed" by Caroline Kennedy, finding her "very hard-working, very forthright" based on their conversations.
"I'm weighing her ability and her acumen and what she might be able to do to New York," he said, noting she faced "stiff competition."
Paterson's decision is expected in the next few days.