Who is getting the money?
Last month we reported that former County Executive Joel A. Giambra was seen having a breakfast meeting with County Executive Mark Poloncarz and his Chief of Staff Jen Hibit. We’ve recently learned a few details about the meeting, and the arrangement that was hammered out. It is rumored that Poloncarz and Erie County Democrats, led by Chairman Jeremy Zellner, are working with Giambra to help finance several of their legislative races this year.
Giambra still maintains a comfortable campaign treasury with a balance north of $350,000. Those funds could desperately help a Democratic party struggling with underfunded candidates and a fatigued donor base. However, the money comes at a big cost for Zellner and his candidates. Aligning themselves with a very unpopular former County Executive could spell trouble for all of their futures.