While Attorney General Andrew Cuomo won't publicly discuss a potential run for governor next year, the NY Times reports that he's been thinking about the gubernatorial ticket for next year: He "and his advisers have been discussing potential candidates to run alongside him, to present the most appealing Democratic ticket to the electorate, people with knowledge of those discussions said." And one of those potential candidates is...City Comptroller Bill Thompson.

Apparently Thompson, who narrowly lost the mayoral election to Mayor Bloomberg, would meet Cuomo's needs, because he's looking for candidates "who would diversify the ticket, which, given the interest shown, has the potential to be dominated by Italian-American men... Adding a prominent African-American could help Mr. Cuomo soothe any resentment he sets off if Gov. David A. Paterson, the state’s first African-American governor, stays in the race and the two men battle for the party’s support at the state convention in the summer." And Cuomo wants to repair his image with African-American voters who may remember his nasty 2002 primary fight with then State Comptroller Carl McCall.

Cuomo's spokesman denies there have been any 2010 discussions.