According to reports, Eliot Spitzer may be returning to the world of politics.

According to reports, Eliot Spitzer may be returning to the world of politics.

Disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer may secretly be contemplating a return to the world of politics.

The New York Post is reporting Spitzer is considering a bid either for state comptroller - currently held by Democrat Thomas DiNapoli - or for the US Senate seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand.

Spitzer apparently told friends he may make a public run after recent polls showed his numbers to be higher than current New York Governor David Paterson, whose numbers have been slumping.

"He's weighing it," one source told the newspaper. The sources, however, make it clear that Spitzer has not engaged in any discussions with political consultants.

Governor Paterson said Eliot Spitzer, in conversations with him, never indicated another desire to run for office.

"I think it was undoubtable that in his time in public service that Eliot Spitzer was an outstanding public servant," Paterson told reporters in the Capitol. "What he does from here on in is his decision and eventually the public's."

Spitzer - who resigned in March amid a prostitution scandal - has kept quiet in recent months, writing a column for a Web magazine and only giving interviews relating to the financial crisis.