In case you missed last night’s chat with Liz, Sen. Tony Avella said on Capital Tonight that he doesn’t care if Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t endorse his bid for a second term.

But Avella cautioned that Cuomo not ruling out endorsing individual Senate Republicans this year is “going to reflect on him as a Democrat.” And he questioned, albeit while laughing, whether Cuomo can even be called a Democrat anymore.

“Is he? Is he?” Avella said with a rueful laugh.

Cuomo has said he plans to make his endorsements on a “case-by-case” basis for all offices this year, including the state Senate, which Republicans control 33-29, with four Democrats conferencing separately.

Cuomo’s 70 percent approval rating could help marginal Republicans in moderate-to-Democrat-leaning districts, though the overall impact of endorsements in electoral politics is indeed debatable.

But Avella, who unseated a Republican incumbent in 2010, said he’s purely running on his record.

“The question is will the governor support some Democrats in the Senate for re-election as opposed to some Republicans,” Avella said. “Well, he’s the only one who knows the answer to that. I personally, if he endorses me fine. If he doesn’t, I don’t care. I’m not going to ask for his endorsement. I’m running on my record in the year and a half that I’ve been in the Senate.”

Still, it is a bit interesting to see the defacto chief of the New York Democratic Party not be interested in seeing his fellow Democrats win the chanmber.

Cuomo has worked well with Republicans in the Senate, who in turn have approved much of his agenda.

There’s speculation that Cuomo prefers a divided Legislature in order to play the leaderships of either house against each other.

The state Senate is the one lever of statewide power the moribund New York GOP actually controls. After spending two years in the minority, Republicans took out numerous insurance policies after regaining control two years ago. That included aligning themselves not only with Cuomo on certain issues, but the four-member IDC.

Unlike other Senate Democrats who expect Cuomo to come home to them because of their mutual support on key, liberal issues, Avella’s attitude is that it’s solely up to the governor as to whether he wants to keep Republicans in charge.

“So the governor can, quite frankly, if he doesn’t want to endorse Democrats in the Senate or get the majority back, that’s up to him. In some ways, that’s going to reflect on him as a Democrat, if he is a Democrat. Let’s see what he does.”