Buffalo Businessman and 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino’s name is being circulated as a possible GOP candidate for state comptroller. 

Paladino confirmed he has been approached by a member of the state GOP about running for the office, but he isn’t interested – for now.

“I rejected it, right now, because I’m focused on getting Donald Trump to run for governor,” Paladino said. “I’ll deal with everything else once Mr. Trump has made a decision.”

State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox said the topic of Paladino for comptroller hasn’t come up “yet.”  When asked if Paladino could do the job Cox replied:

“I’d love to find out if he’s interested. He’s certainly concerned about how institutions like school districts and public authorities manage their funds. Auditing is a big part of the job.”

Paladino isn’t completely ruling out a challenge to incumbent Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, but he’s not ruling out another run for governor either. 

During an interview, Paladino reiterated his promise to challenge Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on the Conservative Party line if Astorino doesn’t heed his call to support the ouster of Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

“If Trump doesn’t run and Astorino still doesn’t denounce the Republican leaders in the state Legislature, I might as well try to drag the party to the right side of the equation,” Paladino added.

As the GOP continues to try to fill out the ticket for this fall names like Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and former Congressional candidate Joe Carvin have been mentioned as possible challengers to DiNapoli.    

Meantime John Cahill, a former top aide to ex-Gov. George Pataki, has made no secret of his interest in running for Attorney GeneralErie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy also floated former Western New York US Attorney Michael Battle’s name as a possible AG candidate last week.