ICYMI: Pledging to fix the state pension system and put an end to taxpayer-funded sexual harassment settlements for Albany politicians, public finance expert Jonathan Trichter announced his campaign for state comptroller today.
Trichter Launches Bid For Comptroller
From the Morning Memo:
Campaign operative Jonathan Trichter in an email and video released Monday night formally unveiled his bid for state comptroller, with plans to run on the Republican and Conservative Party lines.
Trichter is a Democrat who has largely worked for Democratic candidates, including Mark Green, Carolyn McCarthy, Eliot Spitzer and Fernando Ferrer. But he also most recently worked with Harry Wilson, a Republican businessman who unsuccessfully ran for comptroller in 2010 against incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli.
Wilson bowed out of running for governor at the start of the year.
He’s received public encouragement to run by state GOP Chairman Ed Cox as well as Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long.
“I had a front-row seat in the private sector to what happens when a government office meant to provide grownup supervision to Albany politicians was itself run by Albany politicians,” Trichter said. “The prior Comptroller was hauled off to prison. The current Comptroller was handpicked to fill the vacancy by disgraced ex-Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver over the objections of every editorial board in the state.”
Trichter would be taking on DiNapoli again, who was first appointed to the post in 2007, replacing the scandal-scarred Alan Hevesi. He was elected to a full term outright in 2010. He defeated Republican Onondaga County Executive Bob Antonacci in 2014.
In his campaign announcement, Trichter indicated he would take a different track than DiNapoli.
“The Comptroller came to office not because he was qualified but because he was everybody’s best friend in Albany,” Trichter said. “It’s no surprise, then, that he has brought to bear the powers of that office to protect the Albany status quo. I don’t have any friends in Albany. I will use the powers of the Comptroller to protect ordinary New Yorkers.”