Potential NY27 Candidates Turn Out at 'The Irishman'

Unique situation as GOP comes together to make a choice

Matt Moran
August 14, 2018 - 5:00 am

Amherst, N.Y. (WBEN) - What would have normally been a routine meeting of political types took on new meaning and drew a slew of reporters Monday night in Amherst as the chaos surrounding the NY27 Congressional seat continues to swirl.  At the Irishman on Main Street. The Amherst Republican Commitee held their monthly meeting and there was a lot to talk about with the the party looking to fill Chris Collins spot on the ballot. 

State Assemblyman Ray Walter says it has created an interesting time for the party and though he has expressed his interest, he is respecting the process. 

"It's a conservative Republican district and we need to make sure it is represented by a conservative republican, no matter who the candidate is," Walter said.

Erie County Legislator Ed Rath agrees with trusting the process. He has shown his interest through sending a formal letter of consideration to all gop county chairman. 

"This is a critically important race in 2018 for mainting the control of house but also maintaining control of the 27th district," Rath said.

 Walter does think a decision will have to be made soon with the election less than three months away.

"We need to have a decision within the next 7-10 days maybe two weeks at the most because somebody does need to raise the funds and start getting their message out to everyone," Walter said.

Both Rath and Walter calls this a unique situation but the goal at the end of all this is obvious. 

"We're doing the best we can on the fly and good thing is we have a deep bench to represent the conservative values of the people of the 27th district," Walter said.

GOP Chairmen will be meeting in Batavia Tuesday night to discuss who will be the best candidate. 


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