From the Morning Memo:

There has been considerable speculation regarding the Republican response to the – apparently failed – peace deal floated by allies of Gov. Andrew Cuomo that aimed to reunify the warring Democratic factions in the state Senate.

The timing of the plan, announced last week, was curiously, since it wouldn’t technically go into effect until after an agreement on the state budget – due April 1 – is reached, leaving the Republicans in charge of the chamber during a crucial negotiation period.

That didn’t sit well with progressives, who question Cuomo’s motives – particularly after he made a promise in 2014 to help bring the Democrats together in order to land the Working Families Party line for his bid for a second, four-year term, and then never delivered.

And observers wondered if the governor had also shot himself in the foot with the Republicans, already under pressure after big GOP losses in the most recent elections, potentially spurred by an anti-Trump wave that could become a tsunami in 2018.

What incentive do the Senate Republicans have to play ball during the upcoming budget talks, which all sides agree are going to be challenging due to a growing multibillion-dollar deficit, if the governor has already signaled whose side he’ll be on in the rematch for control of the chamber next fall?

But Sen. Patrick Gallivan, a Buffalo Republican, said during a CapTon interview last night that he and his colleagues are going to put politics aside and continue working on behalf of their constituents, regardless of what the governor has done.

“I think one of the things, at least in my experience in my seven years in the Senate with the majority or the co-majority for two of the years, where we’ve been successful is that we’ve always put government first,” Gallican said.

“We’ve put governing first, and I think we have to continue to do that. And I think if we continue to do that…all of the individual sitting members who ultimately come up for re-election next November, I think they are in a good position to hold their seats.”

“Clearly, if our message is government first, putting people first, we can make a good case as we identify other candidates to move back into some of the seats that Republicans held before.”

Asked if any of his fellow Republicans would be interested in seeking revenge on Cuomo by stalling on certain aspects of the budget, or refusing to cooperate complete, Gallivan replied:

“You look at why people are upset; you look at the way some people act, and it’s certainly not becoming of them as an elected official and not becoming of them in the job that they’re supposed to doing. So, I think you put government first, and politics takes care of itself.”

Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse-area Republican who is mulling a challenge to Cuomo next fall, recently said it’s “premature” to suggest the IDC would sever its power-sharing deal with the GOP and re-join – or at least realign – with the regular, mainline Democrats, despite the fact that both sides initially signaled a willingness to do so.

Within days of the plan’s initial announcement, however, it already appeared to be crumbling, with progressives like Cuomo’s 2014 primary challenger, Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachout, refusing to support the idea, and calling on others on the left to do the same.