Assemblyman Keith Wright, the state Democratic Party co-chairman, shrugged off the long-expected news that Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will run for governor against Democrat Andrew Cuomo this year, saying the GOP “had to find somebody.”

“I guess the Republicans had to find someone, anyone, someone with a pulse,” Wright said in an interview. “I know they’ve been flirting with Donald Trump so I guess Astorino is the lesser of whomever that they could find. I guess he’s the only one who has expressed any interest.”

Cuomo is in “tremendous shape in this election season,” Wright said.

“He’s going to stand on his own record,” Wright said of the governor.

“Governor Cuomo’s going to be running a very spirited race and he’s not going to worry about Astorino. I guess they had to find somebody.”

Astorino does indeed have little statewide name recognition, though he is considered a potential thorn in Cuomo’s side, considering that he has won two terms in a Democratic heavy county.

Astorino is also considered to be a strong retail politician and so far has demonstrated message discipline in a round of interviews leading up to the campaign.

Still, Democrats are confident Cuomo will win a second term.

“I personally think he’s going to win by a wide margin,” Wright said.