As Democratic lawmakers meet privately to determine their next steps, Assembly Republicans called for a public on the next speaker of the chamber.

In an impromptu gaggle outside of the Assembly’s conference room, Republican lawmakers said the chamber has been virtually at a standstill this month during the fight over the leadership intensifies.

“We’re going to have a Super Bowl winner before we know who the next speaker is,” said Long Island Republican Dean Murray.

Republicans also insisted they wanted a vote in the open in part to get Democrats on their record as to where they stand keeping Silver on despite his legal troubles and to prevent outside influences from playing a role.

“We don’t want to the mayor of the city of New York picking the next speaker,” said Assemblyman Ray Walter.

Republicans in the chamber ultimately are likely to have little say over who succeeds Silver: The GOP conference has 44 members compared to the 106 Democrats in the majority conference.

The last Republican speaker to hold the gavel in the Assembly was Perry Duryea, who ran for governor in 1978 against Democrat Hugh Carey.

He was speaker from 1969 to 1974, when the post-Watergate wave swept the GOP out of the majority in the Assembly, with Democrats controlling the chamber ever since.