A growing number of influential democrats believe State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s weak standing makes him ripe for a primary challenge in two years and former governor Eliot Spitzer has resurfaced as a possible opponent.

A number of disappointed Democrats say DiNapoli has done little to elevate himself policy-wise or politically since taking office in early 2007 after the corrupt Alan Hevesi resigned.

There has been no formal discussion within the party to encourage DiNapoli not to seek reelection, but there is recognition that, for ambitious New York Dems eyeing statewide office in 2014, the comptroller’s post presents the best bet.