Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino mocked the seemingly low-key campaigning of former Rep. Kathy Hochul, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s candidate for lieutenant governor, comparing her to the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner.

“Which will be found first — the Malaysian airlines (plane) or Kathy Hochul on the campaign trail? I mean, it’s a legitimate question,” he joked at an Albany news conference on Tuesday.

Hochul, a western New York Democrat added to the ticket in May after Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy announced he would not seek re-election, has not been advising her stops around the state, but has popped up on social media, advertising her meetings with Democratic politicians.

Today, she met with Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks, according to her Twitter feed.

By contrast, Astorino’s running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, has made numerous appearances around the state and advised them with a public schedule the day before.

“I will never put duct tape and shove my lieutenant governor candidate in a proverbial trunk,” Astorino said. “Chris Moss is out everyday around this state doing radio and TV interviews, talking to forums. I’m proud of my running mate. We compliment each other very, very well and people are extraordinarily impressed with him.”

Of course, Astorino and Moss could use the exposure and free media that comes with it as they face a well-known incumbent governor with a deep campaign war chest.

Hochul’s addition to the ticket comes as he seeks to win western New York counties he lost in 2010.

“If Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul play it secret and safe for the next four months, that’s up to them, but it’s not fair to the people of this state,” Astorino said.