Gop Seeks Ny Comptroller Candidate

04.22.14 | FL News Team

The state Republican Party appears to have its candidates for governor and attorney general, but remains unable to find a candidate for state comptroller. With less than a month before the party’s nominating convention in Westchester County, party leaders said they are unaware of the likely candidate to challenge Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a Democrat seeking a full second term.State GOP spokesman David Laska said the party has two potential candidates. He wouldn’t name them.
“We’re in conversations with at least two potential candidates for comptroller who are discussing this race with both their families and their employers to determine if it’s right for them,” Laska said. “But we will have a full slate by the convention.”DiNapoli, who was first appointed to the job in 2007, had the narrowest victory of the statewide elected officials in 2010, beating Harry Wilson, a wealthy hedge-fund manager from Scarsdale, Westchester County.But so far Republicans has been able to rally behind a candidate. Stefan Mychajliw, the Erie County comptroller, said earlier this month he won’t run for the seat.One possibility is Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci, who expressed interest in the job four years ago. He could not be reached for comment Monday.Republicans said it’s important to have a formidable candidate for comptroller. It’s listed before the attorney general seat on the ballot, for example.
The party has galvanized around Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. John Cahill, a former top aide to Gov. George Pataki who lives in Yonkers, is expected to challenge Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the first-term Democrat.Republicans haven’t won a statewide election since 2002, the last of three terms for Pataki. New York has twice as many registered Democrats than Republicans. The GOP convention is May 14-15.The comptroller’s seat was “the closest we came four years, and I think we’re going to have a different kind of ticket this time around. We’re definitely going to be strong across the board,” said Bijoy Datta, the Broome County GOP chairman.