A reader wrote in to say he caught state GOP Chairman Ed Cox on the radio in Buffalo yesterday touting some of the local GOP talent as potential statewide contenders in 2014, including Erie County Clerk Christopher Jacobs, who has been floated as a possible challenger to Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

The only trouble is, Jacobs isn’t remotely interested in running for anything other than the job he’s currently holding – at least not at the moment.

“I’m very focused on my current job,” Jacobs told me during a brief telephone interview this afternoon. “I’ve only had it a year and a half. I enjoy it very much, and I think there’s a lot to do here…I have no interest in running for anything statewide at this time.”

Jacobs said he was approached several months ago by some GOP leaders about opposing DiNapoli, whom many Democratic observers view as the weakest leak on the party’s statewide ticket next fall. The freshman clerk said “no” at the time, and hasn’t changed his mind since then.

Jacobs said he didn’t hear Cox mention him on the radio yesterday morning, but got a few calls from people who did. He was both “surprised” and “flattered” to be mentioned, he said, particularly since he has never had a conversation with the chairman about running.

Jacobs was elected to the clerk’s office in November 2011, narrowly defeating Democrat Maria Whyte for the post vacated by Kathy Hochul when she was elected to Congress. He is the first Republican to hold the office in 40 years.

None of this is to say that Jacobs won’t some day be interested in running for higher office again.

He was briefly the LG running mate for former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld in 2006. But Weld’s candidacy was very short lived. He stepped aside to avoid a primary with former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso after failing to receive sufficient support at the state convention in Garden City to prevent one.

Faso and his running mate, Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef, went on to lose big to then-AG Eliot Spitzer and his hand-picked LG, former Senate Minority Leader David Paterson.

In 2010, Jacobs was reportedly the preferred running mate of then Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, the Democrat-turned-Republican who failed to muster sufficient support at the state convention to get onto the ballot.

The Republicans ended up with Carl Paladino, who defeated former Rep. Rick Lazio in the GOP primary and then lost to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the general election.

In February 2006,  Jacobs was the Republican nominee in a Senate special election to fill the seat vacated by Byron Brown when he became mayor of Buffalo, but lost to Democrat Marc Coppola. In April 2006, he was appointed by then-Gov. George Pataki to serve as secretary of state (albeit quite briefly).