GOP’s search for a comptroller candidate continues

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There are no declared Republican candidates for the state comptroller’s race this year. But one person wants you to scratch his name off the list of possibilities.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 3.50.42 PMStefan Mychajliw, the Erie County comptroller, released a statement late Wednesday making clear he won’t be running, a couple hours after Capital Tonight mentioned him as a possibility.

“I am humbled by the attention the work in our office has received statewide and that GOP leaders are hungry to replicate our success in Erie County at the state level,” Mychajliw, a former reporter for Gannett’s WGRZ-TV, said in the statement. “However, I am focused on my job as Erie County Comptroller and serving the taxpayers of Erie County and I will not be a candidate for State Comptroller. I leave the politics to politicians.”

With Mychajliw out of the race he never was in, that still leaves the GOP with no declared comptroller candidates.

Whomever does enter the race — the state GOP will nominate a candidate at its convention in Rye Brook in May — will be faced with a choice regarding public campaign financing.

The recently passed $138 billion budget included a pilot program in which campaign donations of less than $175 to comptroller candidates would be matched with state funds at a 6-to-1 race. But the candidate would have to opt in to the system and comply with stricter contribution limits, and Republicans in New York have generally been opposed to such a system.

Incumbent Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has already opted out of the program.

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