Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins struck something of a nerve on Thursday when she said in an interview the majority coalition in the chamber blocked ethics reform in 2013.

Her remarks, made on Brian Lehrer’s WNYC show, were in the context of calling into question Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein’s support for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to tax the wealthy in order to fund universal pre-Kindergarten.

The IDC initially responded, saying Stewart-Cousin’s comment was an effort to “undermine” support for the proposal, which needs to be signed off by lawmakers in Albany and the governor.

And the Senate Republicans, too, released a statement Thursday afternoon knocking her comments.

“The Senate Democrats have a lot of nerve talking with a straight face about strengthening the state’s ethics laws. After all, when the Senate Democrats were in the majority they delivered nothing when it came to ethics reform. Instead they saddled New Yorkers with 124 new taxes and fees totaling $14 billion, including an energy tax surcharge and the job-killing MTA payroll tax,” said Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif. “On top of that, their last two leaders were indicted for criminal wrongdoing. We won’t be lectured on ethics by a Senate Democratic conference more identified with political corruption than anything else.”

Sens. John Samspon and Malcolm Smith are both under indictment in separate corruption cases. Both are former leaders of the Democratic conference, though Smith bolted in late 2012 for the IDC and Sampson was removed from the post in favor of Stewart-Cousins.

Democrats would also likely be quick to point out Republican former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno was tried and convicted for corruption.

After the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the “theft of honest services” charge, federal prosecutors have sought a new trial for the ailing Bruno.