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Duffy on Lieutenant Governor Short List?

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Bob Duffy for lieutenant governor? That notion is making its way around political blogs again.

With Andrew Cuomo expected to launch his campaign for governor next week, a lot of attention has turned to who his running mate will be. Mayor Bob Duffy's name is appearing on a short list for lieutenant governor, but this isn't the first time.

"I have not been offered any job," said Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy Thursday.

But he may get an offer soon. We told you at the end of last year that Duffy was being vetted as a potential lieutenant governor candidate.

Once again, just days before Cuomo is expected to launch his campaign and the State Democratic Convention, blogs are buzzing that he is still on the list.

Mayor Duffy said this is all news to him.

"It is all rumor right now and I wouldn't want to feed into it at all. Certainly, people have been asking me questions, and as I have said before, I'm telling you the truth, there's been no job offer to me," said Duffy. “I’m honored that my name would be brought out, but that’s all I can even say or comment on.”

Duffy did tell us back in December that he is focused on his current job as Rochester's Mayor and remains committed to the city for his entire second term.

Other names being mentioned on this short list of potential Democratic lieutenant governor candidates are former Buffalo prosecutor and Governor Paterson’s former Criminal Justice Director Denise O’Donnell, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Democratic State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins from Yonkers.

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