Leecia Eve, a former aide to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is the latest name to surface as a possible replacement if her ex-boss becomes secretary of state.
Former Hillary Clinton aide Leecia Eve may wind up replacing her former boss in the Senate. Putrock for News/Joe Putrock/Daily News
A source close to Gov. Paterson, who would appoint Clinton's successor, and two Democratic operatives say Eve entered the mix in the last two days.
The source said the governor would like someone from upstate - every statewide elected official is from downstate - who is a woman and preferably Hispanic.
Eve could not be reached for comment.
"Leecia has support from Rangel, is someone [senior Sen. Chuck] Schumer could work with, and she was Clinton's counsel so she knows the Senate," a longtime Democratic operative said. "She's seen as a smart pick."
A former Spitzer aide questioned whether Eve has the gravitas to be a senator.
"She speaks well, but we said no as lieutenant governor because we didn't think she was heavy enough or informed enough," the former aide said.