“In my opinion he’s been a good executive for the City of Buffalo,” he said. “I see a renaissance in the City of Buffalo that we have not seen for the past several decades.”
Prieto said Wednesday he and the other GOP members were happy to pass the petitions, even if the effort did not succeed.
He would not address, however, whether the mayor asked for help from the Republican organization.
“As a taxpayer in the City of Buffalo, I am against socialism at all levels of government,” Prieto said. “I was more than willing to help.”
Indeed, until Brown assumed the state Democratic chairmanship, Lorigo’s Conservatives often backed him through his career. Conservatives did not offer support this year, but Lorigo said he still approves of much of the mayor’s performance.
Other signs of Republican assistance have surfaced. The Investigative Post website in August identified several prominent Republicans who circulated nominating petitions for Brown’s ill-fated Buffalo Party, including Jesse Prieto, executive director of the Erie County Republican Committee.