Sources say popular Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is set to run for governor, but is “playing it smart” by waiting to announce his intentions. "He will make an announcement at the end of March. And what he will say is that he intends to run for governor. ... He thinks there are a lot of problems in the state and he thinks he can help solve them," one insider told the NY Daily News.

His spokesman declined comment and Cuomo himself said "I'm focused on being attorney general" but experts think that—in light of Gov. Paterson’s recent scandals and foibles—the high-rated attorney general is the man for the job. "Let's not run a third-string quarterback if there is a first-string quarterback in the game. We should be talking to Andrew Cuomo," said Upstate Party Chief Larry Bulman. In recent polls Cuomo had a favorable 64 percent job approval rating, compared with Paterson’s measly 31 percent. He’s out-fundraised the troubled governor too—he has $16 million in his arsenal, whereas Paterson has scraped up only $3 million.

It’s been predicted that in the months leading up to the announcement Cuomo will get to know voters and build approval. Already, he’s gotten the yes vote of one powerful labor leader, Stuart Applebaum of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers Union. As attorney general, Cuomo has brought momentous cases including the Nationwide health insurance investigation, the authoring of the e-STOP law to target online predators and the public pension fund investigation which returned $100 million to the state.