Polls show Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has a ways to go to raise his statewide name recognition as he runs for governor, and he may want to start with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

The longtime Assembly speaker at a news conference this morning incorrectly referred to the GOP gubernatorial candidate by the incorrect name when asked about the campaign.

“I really don’t know Bob Astorino at all, so I can’t tell you,” Silver said, shrugging. “But I think the governor’s record will speak for himself and I anticipate he’ll have an overwhelming victory in this state.”

Now, there are a few ways to read this.

Silver may have simply flubbed his name. Or the “mistake” may not have been much of an error at all. There’s a long, glorious history in politics of purposely mispronouncing an opponent’s name just to tweak them a bit.

Updated: Astorino spokesman Bill O’Reilly in a statement noted “everyone now knows who Sheldon Silver is” thanks to the spate of sexual harassment scandals in the chamber.

“One of the great tragedies in this state is that everyone now knows who Sheldon Silver is. He’s that guy who tried to pay off victims of sexual assault with taxpayer money — you know, the one who’s rear end was saved by Andrew Cuomo,” O’Reilly said. “Yes, that very guy whom newspaper editorial boards from around the state called on to resign. Everyone knows his name.”