Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted on Tuesday he has not talked to Republican Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney about joining him on the ticket as his lieutenant governor candidate.

“We have not had that conversation,” Cuomo told reporters in central New York.

He added that he hasn’t even formally declared his intent to run for re-election (However, he does have a campaign website, a top aide is now working on the campaign, his campaign account is called Andrew Cuomo 2014, Inc., and there is also this mousepad I found at the Democratic Rural Conference in 2011).

Cuomo would certainly cause waves if he asked Mahoney to run with him as lieutenant governor, especially among liberal and progressive groups that have raised concerns with his focus on tax issues in this year’s budget.

Mahoney was one of the more high-profile GOP supporters for Cuomo in 2010.

Still, Cuomo has sought to sidestep questions about politics in general, saying that he is focused on the state budget talks. This also prevents him from engaging with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the only declared candidate in the race for the Republicans.

“I’m focusing on the government and getting the budget done,” he said.

Talking about elections and politics “begets more politics,” Cuomo said.

“I am all about keeping the Democrats and Republicans working together,” Cuomo said.