Mychajliw staying in Congressional race

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 January 2020 at 7:46 am

Stefan Mychajliw

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw isn’t giving up on the 27th Congressional seat. Mychajliw didn’t get the backing on Saturday from eight county chairmen in the district. They instead picked State Sen. Chris Jacobs to run in a special election, which will likely be on April 28.

Mychajliw, in a letter to supporters posted on his Twitter, said “political insiders” chose Jacobs.

“The fix was in,” Mychajliw wrote. “I fought hard against the process. The political machine handpicked a fellow establishment moderate masquerading as a conservative. The ‘insider’ process is what makes people angry.”

Mychajliw said he will seek Republican support in a June 23 primary, where Republican voters pick the candidate, not the county chairmen.

“I’m  now doing the same thing Donald Trump did four years ago; take on the establishment,” he said in his letter. “Us against them. It’s a fight that’s worth it.”

The winner of the special election will finish about eight months of a term vacated with the resignation of Chris Collins last Sept. 30. Collins has since been sentenced to 26 months in federal prison for insider trading and lying to the FBI.

The general election in November will be for a full two-year term. The 27th District is the most Republican-leaning in the state.

“I’m running in a June Republican primary to let true conservatives choose our nominee in NY27,” Mychajliw said. “President Donald Trump ran for the ‘forgotten Americans’ taken for granted by political elite. Just like you, I’m sick & tired of them screwing us over. I’ll fight like hell for you.”

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