BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Sunday, Mayor Byron Brown said he’s not accepting support from Carl Paladino if he decides to pursue a write-in campaign.
“I am grateful for and humbled by the widespread support and encouragement I have received over the past several days from residents across Buffalo,” Brown wrote. “However, I want to be very clear that I did not seek – nor will I accept – support in any form, should I decide to pursue a write-in campaign, from Carl Paladino.”
Brown says he’s received support from every community in the city throughout his career.
“I am thankful for the trust and confidence, which has underscored my commitment to equitable, diverse, inclusive and prosperous Buffalo,” Brown added.
Paladino asked the mayor to conduct a write-in effort last week.
“The past 16 years, we’ve had a competent City Hall doing things with competent people running the city. What’s wrong with that? Now you’re talking about bringing somebody in who brings in nothing,” Paladino told News 4.
India Walton, who beat Mayor Brown in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary, is that somebody Paladino is referring to.
Erie County election officials say she will be the only name on the ballot come November because the Republican Party nor any other party is running a candidate.
Walton tells News 4 that Mayor Brown “ignored the will of the voters” and “opened the door to the dark side of politics.”
“Byron Brown was willing to name Carl Paladino amongst his supporters just two days ago as he was shamelessly smearing my name. By refusing to concede after the votes were counted on Tuesday in our favor, our current mayor has ignored the will of the voters and opened the door to the dark side of politics when we should be working towards a collaborative and respectful transition of power.”
“We appreciate the amazing outpouring of support from so many Buffalonians as well as elected officials at the local, state and federal level who are eager to work together for the betterment of our city. We are hearing loud and clear that people want to see a new kind of leadership in Buffalo that listens to and represents everyday people, and we’re not letting up.”India Walton, Presumptive Mayor-Elect (D)
Walton’s spokesperson, Seamus Gallivan, said last week, “while Byron Brown has every right to pursue a write-in campaign backed by far-right Trump supporters like Carl Paladino, we urge him to work in the spirit of our City of Good Neighbors as we transition to a Walton Administration.”
Walton is on track to become the first female mayor in Buffalo history.