Republican former Senate Majority Leader Bruno this morning said Sen. Roy McDonald did the right thing when he decided not to press forward with his campaign after losing the GOP ballot line to Kathy Marchione.

“I give Roy credit for stepping aside and saying the people have spoken,” Bruno told Fred Dicker on his Talk-1300 radio show. “It’s important we keep this a Republican seat and keep balance in the state Legislature.”

McDonald, who represents the Saratoga County-area seat that Bruno held, announced in a statement Thursday he was dropping his bid, but remains on the November ballot on the Independence Party line. McDonald’s decision came a day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, pledged to support the Republican’s third-party bid should he move forward.

Concerns over balance in the Legislature is a frequent GOP talking point. The Assembly Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans, who have been in the minority since the fallout of the Watergate scandal.

Republicans, meanwhile, hold a 33-29 majority in the chamber, regaining it after a two-year term in the minority. The Senate is the last lever of power Republicans in New York control and the concern was a three-way race in the 43rd Senate District could add uncertainty to the GOP holding the chamber.

Claverack Supervisor Robin Andrews is the Democrat in the race.

Bruno, who now supports same-sex marriage after years of opposing even civil unions, called McDonald’s vote in favor of the 2011 law “principled.”

He said the measure didn’t have anything to do with religion given the exemptions (which were crafted by Republican lawmakers in order to allow a vote on the bill in the chamber) and said it was really just another name for civil unions.

He called Cuomo’s letter “courageous” and praised the governor for crossing party lines to pledge his support.

Bruno denied he urged the two-term lawmaker to continue his campaign.

“I talked to Roy and said what you have to do is really what you think in your heart,” Bruno said. “Kathy Marchione is a hard campaigner, a great public servant.”

The former lawmaker added that Marchione, the Saratoga County clerk, is someone he’s known since she was a teenager and a “hard campaigner.”

“She was a very worthy challenger and she delivered her message how she would govern,” Bruno said.

The former lawmaker, who was indicted on a new set of federal corruption charges following the outcome of a rather complex Supreme Court ruling on his theft of honest services charges, said he was “just following the legal process.”

Bruno decried federal prosecutors for spending “$25 million” on the investigation and prosecution.