Tue September 4, 2012
Local Democratic boss skipping national convention
The Democratic National Convention begins tonight in Charlotte, North Carolina, with most of the party's political operatives expected to attend, but the head of Erie County's Democrats, Len Lenihan, won't be making the trip.
While conventions can be fun and he's been to some, the Erie County boss is more concerned about the election next week, with some key local races on the ballot.
That includes races like the Senate fight between County Legislature Chair Betty Jean Grant and State Senator Tim Kennedy.
Besides, the chairman says he's working to ensure the re-election of President Obama.
"I'm here. I'll be leaving office in a couple of weeks, as you know, i'm not running for re-election," Lenihan told WBFO and AM970 News.
"We have a primary next week. So, all of our people are down there. I'm staying back so we can have an organization to fight for our endorsed candidates which is at our primary on September 13. I'm spending my last month as chairman working like we've done the last ten years and happy to do it."
After the primary, county Democrats will meet and elect a new chairman with a host of possibilities, many of whom are in Charlotte.