http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/a-run-or-not-through-the-spitzer-rumor-mill/ September 1, 2009, 1:32 PM By Danny Hakim Tuesday's cover of The New York Post. Time to crank up the conspiracy theories again. The New York Post reported story on Tuesday morning that former Gov. Eliot Spitzer "has been privately talking with friends about a possible comeback." People close to Mr. Spitzer have said in recent weeks that he has no plans to run next year, as The Post report acknowledges, though he has been approached about the idea of running, particularly for state comptroller, by at least one political consultant. Mr. Spitzer resigned in 2008 after his visits to a prostitute came to light. No one was quoted by name in The Post saying he'll run (although the tabloid's headline writers had a field day). Still, rumors of a run have been making the rounds. "I hear from very responsible people that he intends to run for office again in New York State -- attorney general or comptroller," Kenneth G. Langone, a co-founder of Home Depot and a man with no love for Spitzer, said in an interview last week. "He's got chutzpah, we all know that." The difficulties of any kind of comeback were underscored last month when Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a candidate for Manhattan district attorney, canceled a fund-raiser at Mr. Spitzer's apartment in early August. Some of Mr. Spitzer's most dedicated enemies were excited by The Post's story. "I'm salivating," said Roger Stone, the Republican operative and avowed Spitzer hater, on Talk1300 AM in Albany on Tuesday morning. "This man is comic gold. He's the gift that keeps on giving." Mr. Stone was implicated in a threatening call to Mr. Spitzer's father, Bernard, in 2007. Mr. Spitzer declined to comment.