The socially conservative New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms on Wednesday endorsed Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino for governor.

The move is not wholly surprising, given that Astorino largely holds conservative views on abortion as well as same-sex marriage.

But he has not been emphasizing those views in the campaign so far, choosing instead to knock Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on his handling of the state budget and economy.

In the endorsement, which came from the group’s political action committee, Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms PAC, referenced Astorino’s ability to win in Democratic-heavy Westchester, as well as his fiscal record.

“Finally, Rob Astorino can win. He is the entire package-bright, well-qualified, reasonable, likeable, and an excellent communicator. The Republican Party has not boasted a New York gubernatorial candidate this strong in years.”

The full statement from the PAC is after the jump.

“NYCFPAC supports Rob Astorino for Governor of New York for several reasons. First, Mr. Astorino has an impressive record of public and private-sector experience. Mr. Astorino won election to his current position in 2009 after soundly defeating a Democratic incumbent in a predominantly Democratic county. After Mr. Astorino helped restore fiscal sanity in Westchester County, voters chose Astorino as their County Executive again in 2013; he won re-election by a double-digit margin with clear bipartisan support.”
“Second, Rob Astorino has a platform that works for New York. He understands that an ever-growing, increasingly intrusive government that siphons more and more money out of taxpayers’ pockets is a recipe for continued decline-not growth and prosperity. Rob Astorino is willing to take on difficult challenges to turn our state around.”
“Third, Rob Astorino-unlike our current Governor-has demonstrated an ability to unite New Yorkers of varied racial, ideological, and cultural backgrounds. Instead of going out of his way to inflame divisions for his own political gain, Rob Astorino can, and will, bring New Yorkers together to help build a brighter future in the Empire State.”
“Finally, Rob Astorino can win. He is the entire package-bright, well-qualified, reasonable, likeable, and an excellent communicator. The Republican Party has not boasted a New York gubernatorial candidate this strong in years. NYCFPAC enthusiastically supports Rob Astorino for Governor of New York, and looks forward to a strong and successful campaign.”