Gov. Andrew Cuomo shrugged off on Tuesday the potential primary challenge to his hand-picked running mate from fundraiser and gadfly Bill Samuels.

Samuels, the founder of the New Roosevelt Initiative and Effective NY, says he is strongly considering a primary challenge to former Rep. Kathy Hochul, Cuomo’s replacement for incumbent Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy.

Earlier in the day, Samuels told Fred Dicker on Talk-1300 that he wouldn’t be a “rubber stamp” for Cuomo if he wins.

Cuomo didn’t seem all that ruffled by the challenge, but seemingly took a veiled shot at Samuels’ wealth.

“This is a democracy, anybody can run for anything, obviously, especially if you have the money,” he said.

Cuomo also praised his pick for a running mate, pointing out that she’d be the first female lieutenant governor in a generation if elected.

“Kathy Hochul is clearly in my opinion the person with the qualifications and the experience and the wisdom to be an asset to this state, so I feel very good about that,” Cuomo said.  ”She will be the first Democratic woman lieutenant governor in like 35 years. I think that’s a great step for the women’s movement.”

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino earlier this month picked Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss as his running mate, the first African-American to run statewide on the GOP ticket.