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.
Stefan 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.