BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Erie County's Republican chairman Nick Langworthy called a news conference Monday to express his disappointment in Democratic County Comptroller Candidate Kevin Gaughan.
It's all because Gaughan owes back taxes to the I.R.S.
"I find that very troubling. A lot of taxpayers I have talked to around Erie County also find that very troubling. Here's someone who wants to be Erie Countys chief financial officer who cannot seem to handle his own affairs," said Langworthy.
Kevin Gaughan does not deny that he owes back taxes. But he says he's still being responsible when it comes to his debt.
Gaughan spoke with our Kelly Dudzik today and said he accumulated the debt while caring for his ailing mother 10 years ago and has just about paid off the balance.
"All of this derives from the disclosure statement. I disclosed all this. This is not something some Republican Party boss uncovered. I've made this, in my life, and my financial challenges an open book as a result of the community and government reform work I've done. So I've met the higher standard. Of disclosing this in the Erie County Ethics Disclosure Form because this indebtedness was more than $5,000 and again, my payments are monthly and I'll be paid in full in the next several months," said Gaughan.
Gaughan is challenging incumbent Republican Stefan Mychajliw in November.