Secrecy under fire in NY27

Mychajliw favors more open process

Susan Rose
January 24, 2020 - 11:26 am
Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw

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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Eight Republican chairmen representing counties in the 27th Congressional District are planning to interview candidates to succeed former Rep. Chris Collins Saturday.  The time and place of that meeting is a mystery.  

"It's Friday and we hear that interviews are taking place on Saturday with the party chairs, but I couldn't tell you either way," Stefan Mychajliw told WBEN's Joe Beamer.  "I have not been notified or contacted, and as of now, we are being left in the dark." 

Leaders of the eight counties that make up NY27 will soon be naming a candidate to challenge Nate McMurray in a special election that is expected to be held April 28.  

"If it were up to me," said Mychajliw, "I would let the media in, I would do it in front of the public in an open process."

The current Erie County Comptroller acknowledges that the county chairs are in a difficult spot. The process was not their choice, but was thrust upon them.  "This really is a challenging way to select a congressman or congresswoman. Eight people behind closed doors in a back room. Voters are turned off by that." 

Mychajliw strongly supports a wide open process so people can see how the process works and how the selection is made. "If it's going nto be true, open, honest and transparent, conduct the interviews in the public and hold the final vote in public," he said.  

Mychajliw just entered the race this week.  He joins State Senator Chris Jacobs, State Senator Rob Ortt and attorney Beth Parlato in hoping to succeed former Congressman Chris Collins.  

WBEN reached out to party chairs this week about the Saturday meeting, but no calls were returned.  

 

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