From today’s Morning Memo:

Republicans have gleefully predicted that GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino’s selection of Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss as his running mate will pressure Gov. Andrew Cuomo to diversify the Democratic ticket this year.

Moss, who is unknown to many outside his home county, makes his debut on the statewide stage at the convention today. He is the first black statewide candidate in New York GOP history. He’s also believed to be only the fourth African-American from either major party to make it onto the statewide ballot.

In 2010, Cuomo was criticized for putting together an all-white, all-male ticket, with the exception of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who was running in a special election to keep the seat she inherited – compliments of New York’s first black governor, David Paterson – from Hillary Clinton.

At the time, Cuomo was believed to prefer Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice for attorney general, due to her ticket-balancing capabilities, but she lost the five way Democratic primary to then-state Sen. Eric Schneiderman.

Cuomo’s selection of then-Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy to be his running mate sparked criticism from black leaders – especially the Rev. Al Sharpton – and led Cuomo to promise that his administration, should he be elected governor, would be the most diverse in modern memory.

That mollified minority leaders for a while. But now that Duffy has announced he won’t be seeking re-election with Cuomo, they are again pressuring Cuomo to right the wrongs of 2010 by selecting a running mate of color.

So far, the only black contender on the public LG short list is Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, who was also mentioned as a potential No. 2 for Cuomo back in 2010.

But Sharpton apparently has some other ideas. During his National Action Network radio show yesterday, Sharpton expressed hope that Cuomo would this time heed the call to diversify the Democratic ticket, and even made some suggestions as to who the governor might consider:

“I hope that as the Democrats put their ticket together statewide that it is a diverse ticket,” Sharpton said.

“I’d like to see Governor Cuomo put somebody on the ticket – a lot of qualified African Americans and Latinos. Hakeem Jeffries, the congressman in Brooklyn. Eric Adams, the borough president. The borough president of the Bronx is Ruben Diaz Jr.”

“Many, many qualified people, and I’d like to see them run statewide.”

A little later on in the show, Sharpton reiterated his call, saying:

“I’m hoping they have a diverse ticket in New York State other states and other cities.”

“We need to vote and we need to see ourselves in positions on these tickets. And see the right representations, people that will fight and stand up in these executive positions or legislative positions for what is right.”

Coincidentally, Jeffries’ name was floated to me by a Democratic operative yesterday morning. He said Team Cuomo finds the idea intriguing, and Jeffries himself hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a statewide run.

But a source close to Jeffries scoffed at the idea, noting the former assemblyman only just got elected to Congress in 2012, and is seeking re-election this year.

Jeffries is viewed as an up-and-comer in D.C., and this source couldn’t imagine why he would give that up for a thankless job like lieutenant governor.

Unless, of course, the timeline for holding said thankless job was short, thanks to the national ambitions of the No. 1 – either as a candidate for president or a cabinet contender if a Democrat other than himself – like, say, Hillary Clinton – wins in 2016.