From the Morning Memo:

Democrats aren’t the only ones exploring their options when it comes to the unexpected vacancy in the state attorney general’s office.

Before the bombshell New Yorker article that felled now-ex AG Eric Schneiderman with stunning speed, state Republicans appeared ready to move forward with New York City lawyer Manny Alicandro, a first-time candidate who was staging a relatively long-shot candidacy against the incumbent.

But with Schneiderman gone, members of the GOP see a rare opportunity in make inroads in this Democrat-dominated state – despite the expected “blue wave” – and they’re not sure Alicandro is up to the task.

Rockland County attorney Thomas Humbach also announced his candidacy about 24 hours after Schneiderman resigned. But like Alicandro, he is relatively unknown by the general electorate. GOP sources said separate factions of the party are pushing two better-known names to enter the race.

One is state Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, who is not seeking re-election to his current Central New York seat this fall. The Syracuse attorney wanted to run for governor but ultimately pulled out of the race so the party could fall in line behind Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

However, it appears DeFrancisco, an experienced attorney, isn’t interested in the AG’s job, according to his (rather terse) comments to the Daily News.

A source said the more likely candidate is John Cahill, a longtime Pataki administration official who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Schneiderman in 2014. Cahill garnered a little more than 41 percent of the vote, which many Republicans considered a success against the then-popular incumbent, who was a prodigious fundraiser and favorite among labor unions.

The source said Cahill is a proven fundraiser who has experience and “ran a great race” four years ago, and might have enough support to clear the field if he decides to run again.

Also confirming his interest in the job is Staten Island Sen. Andrew Lanza, though he told the Daily News he’s concerned about the quick turnaround time necessary to mount a statewide campaign – not the easiest task for a Republican in the Democrat-dominated state to begin with. Had this vacancy occurred a year ago, he said, he would have already announced his candidacy.