astorinoFrom the Morning Memo:

As the Women’s Equality Party ballot line fails to gain traction with candidates this election year, the ballot line founded by Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Asotorino will include more than 1,900 candidates.

Some of those candidates who are running on Astorino’s Reform Party ballot line include Democrats, he said during a Capital Tonight interview.

“This is meant as a vehicle to clean up corruption, get rid of Common Core, get term limits in there — these are the things that the Reform Party stands for,” Astorino said.

The party was initially formed as a “Stop Common Core” ballot line — an issue-based ballot line that was added to the ballot last year as Cuomo’s re-election campaign installed the Women’s Equality Party ballot line.

Both Cuomo and Astorino received more than 50,000 votes on the ballot lines, giving them automatic status in the current election cycle.

But as the Women’s Equality Party has faced a steady tide of legal challenges, the reconstituted Reform Party has been chugging along, even after the Conservative Party criticized its formation. Anti-Common Core advocates, as well, felt duped by the name change.

Astorino, however, said the party needed a name change in order to broaden the line’s appeal. And the pending “reboot” of Common Core, which may include a name change to education standards, vindicated altering the line’s name as well, Astorino said.

“Stop Common Core was very important, but narrowly focused,” he said. “It didn’t mean a lot for some people who don’t have kids in school.”

Astorino is also brushing off criticism from fellow Republican Chris Gibson, as both men consider a run for governor in 2018.

Gibson told The Daily News on Monday that Astorino, the party’s nominee for governor last year, should begin fundraising more than a year out. Astorino has indicated he plans to run for re-election in 2017 as county executive.

“Any candidate will have to be declared in 2017 and be raising a significant amount of money,” he said. “If I decide to take this on, you can expect a very serious effort.”

Astorino responded to the criticism on Wednesday in the interview, saying both of them should be focusing on their day jobs as elected officials.

“I think Chris needs to be a congressman in Washington, I’m in White Plains being county executive,” he said. “We’re working on our budget right now.”

But Astorino sidestepped the question as to whether he’d endorse Gibson, should the party pick the retiring congressman as their preferred candidate in 2018, or run a primary campaign.

“I think that’s going to play out as well, no matter who the candidates are,” he said. “Maybe there’s 20 candidates running, I don’t know.”