Part two of the morning memo:

Back in 2005, Democratic Attorney General Eliot Spitzer was the run-away favorite to succeed Gov. George Pataki and state Republicans had to choose from either the wishy-washy moderate William Weld, the former Massachusetts governor, or the little-known former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso.

At a news conference in the Capitol, then-Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno floated the idea to reporters of another candidate who may still be out there who he is urging to get into the race. Bruno promised the scribes would be “excited” by the mystery candidate’s name, but remained tight-lipped as to who he was talking to. Reporters quickly found out it was Donald Trump, who at that point was just beginning to get his TV show off the ground and was yet to dabble in conspiracies about the president’s birth certificate.

Now Trump is back in the mix again for governor of New York, about two years after he flirted with running for president, according to a memo being circulated by Assemblyman Bill Nojay.

Today the Trump candidacy is being floated in Fred Dicker’s New York Post column and was even a topic of discussion on the Twitter feed of Michael Caputo, the erstwhile campaign manager for Carl Paladino’s gubernatorial run.

The idea of a Trump candidacy says a lot more about the state of where the Republican Party is in New York heading into the statewide elections next year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, sitting on $28 million of campaign cash, will likely run a buzz saw of a campaign against whatever Republican runs against him. Perhaps with that in mind, Republicans including Reps. Chris Gibson and Chris Collins and Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards have all ruled out running for governor.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino remains locked in a re-election campaign and Paladino, trounced in the polls in 2010 by Cuomo, has threatened to take the Conservative Party line if Republicans can’t find an appropriate enough candidate.

In other words, the bench is rather empty.

In a statement this morning, Republican Chairman Ed Cox insisted the GOP will field a strong slate of candidates in 2014, and said he hadn’t seen the memo outlining the Trump strategy written by Nojay.

Cox’s statement:

“The State Party is totally immersed in this year’s crucial local elections. Immediately after November 5, we will focus on the issues, the politics and the people who will be essential to our 2014 statewide election effort.

“We have strong candidates interested statewide offices, including the Governorship. We appreciate input from party leaders and elected officials, including Assemblyman Nojay, but I have not had an opportunity to discuss his memo with him or anyone else.”