Republican Chairman Ed Cox on Wednesday in a Capital Tonight interview dismissed reports Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is contemplating a run for governor in 2018.

“Let me say, he is not thinking about it,” Cox said in the interview to air tonight on TWC News. “He is focused on his job as majority leader of the state Senate — a tough job — particularly when you have a governor who for the first time in two centuries was not delivered to the legislators.”

Flanagan is reportedly discussing a statewide campaign for next year, potentially taking on Gov. Andrew Cuomo who is seeking a third term.

Cox in the interview was also complimentary of Flanagan preserving the Senate Republican conference’s relationship with the Independent Democratic Conference in the chamber to preserve the majority coalition power sharing agreement.

Cox said it was “absolutely” the right move to make in the narrowly divided chamber.

“Jeff Klein and the seven members of the IDC, they are very serious about public policy and to have them as partners in this, people who work out what’s good public policy and then go forward with that larger majority and presenting it, it makes things work,” he said.