Maurice R. GreenbergMaurice R. Greenberg, known as Hank, was chairman of A.I.G. from 1968 to 2005. (Photo: Chip East/Pool via Bloomberg News)

Dean G. Skelos, the State Senate majority leader, said at a fund-raiser on Tuesday night that Maurice R. Greenberg should be brought back to the American International Group in some capacity — as Mr. Greenberg, who was the company’s chairman from 1968 to 2005, has been seeking.

Mr. Greenberg’s efforts to intervene in the company’s affairs — in the days before the government takeover of the company was announced Tuesday night — were rebuffed.

“He has credibility with Wall Street, he has credibility with investors, and it’s his baby,” Mr. Skelos said. “Nobody knows their kid better than a parent.”

Mr. Greenberg has been a contributor to Senate Republicans, but Mr. Skelos is not alone. The New York Sun backed up the majority leader this morning in an editorial headlined “Bring Back Greenberg.”

Both The Sun and Mr. Skelos, the Legislature’s top Republican, blamed Eliot Spitzer for forcing out Greenberg in 2005 amid an accounting scandal, in Mr. Spitzer’s halcyon days as attorney general. The company went on to restate its books over a five year period.

“What Spitzer did is costing our pension system right now about $700 million,” Mr. Skelos said of the former governor, who was a nemesis of Senate Republicans, adding, “Those were his head-hunting days, and unfortunately his head-hunting days are costing our pension system.”

The federal government, however, chose its own leader for A.I.G., picking Edward M. Liddy, the former chairman of the Allstate Corporation, to succeed Robert B. Willumstad.