By Robert J. McCarthy
Government downsizing advocate Kevin P. Gaughan is the new Democratic candidate for county comptroller following a Wednesday meeting of party leaders, but one attendee inside the conclave reports it proved anything but a love fest.
Zone 4 Chairman Gregory B. Olma said Thursday he criticized the choice of Gaughan at the meeting, raising several questions about potential campaign issues connected to the new candidate. He then offered the name of attorney Michael Kuzma as an alternative, which was seconded by West Seneca Democratic Chairman Dan McParlane. Kuzma was decisively defeated, receiving only four votes.
Olma said opposition to the Gaughan nomination was also raised by some labor interests.