There is more to the fifth anniversary of the passing of former state comptroller Edward V. Regan, a Republican whoo also served as a member of the City of Buffalo Common Council and Erie County Executive in the 1970's.
It was a time when Republicans could successfully compete with Democrats in Buffalo and statewide, including local races within both Erie and Niagara counties, for political office at all levels of government.
Fast forward to today, when Democrats currently hold all statewide offices. The last Republican Senator was Alfonse D'Amato, who lost his seat to Democrat Charles Schumer in 1998.
The last Republican state comptroller, Regan won his final term in 1990. The last Republican state attorney general, Dennis Vacco, served only one term, winning in 1994.
The last Republican to win any statewide office was former governor George Pataki. His final term began in 2002. Since then, no Republican has been successful in winning any statewide office.
This trend will continue beyond the November general election. Empire State Republicans must begin to expand beyond its ever-shrinking base.
According to the state Board of Elections, as of February 2019 there are 11.6 million registered voters. This includes 5.8 million Democrats and 2.6 million Republicans.
The GOP will only be able to win future statewide public office by appealing to voters under 30 unaffiliated with any party or moderate Democrat voters, as it did with candidate in the tradition of the late Ned Regan.