Erie County Conservatives met Thursday night without answering one of the big questions of the 2012 political season: Whom will they back for county comptroller?
Chairman Ralph C. Lorigo said a number of questions still face his party's Executive Committee after interviewing four candidates and delaying a recommendation until next Thursday.
Democrats included interim Comptroller David J. Shenk, appointed by the County Legislature earlier this year; and George F. Hasiotis, a businessman and former Water Authority commissioner. Republicans included Stefan Mychajliw, a Channel 2 political commentator and campaign spokesman for former County Executive Chris Collins; and Todd Aldinger, a Princeton economics graduate who serves on the staff of State Sen. Patrick Gallivan.
Lorigo said all bring various strengths and weaknesses to the process, prompting the committee to request further deliberation.
In other action, the Conservatives reversed course from the March 24 special election for the Assembly and backed incumbent Democrat Michael P. Kearns. The party had nominated Christopher J. Fahey for the special election, won by Kearns.
"I reached out to him," Lorigo said. "He said he would be very proud to carry our endorsement and I am very glad."
Lorigo said the committee also backed Joseph Mascia, a Democrat, for the Assembly seat now held by Democrat Sean M. Ryan.
In another important development, Conservatives will back Christopher P. Scanlon for the South District Council seat to which he was appointed last week.
The party nominated nobody for the seat now held by Democrat Timothy M. Kennedy, but officially named Democrat Charles M. Swanick as its candidate for the seat now held by Republican Mark J. Grisanti. It also backed Republicans Gallivan and Michael H. Ranzenhofer for re-election to the Senate.
Other Assembly endorsements include Democrats Dennis H. Gabryszak and Robin L. Schimminger, as well as Republicans Jane L. Corwin and Raymond W. Walter.
--Robert J. McCarthy