Jeremy Zellner got the last laugh on Frank Max Saturday at the reorganization meeting of the Town of Cheektowaga Democratic Committee. Zellner, in cahoots with Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, blindsided Max with the candidacy of Town Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner and knocked the powerful chairman, Zellner's longtime rival, out of the leadership post. Wegner is now the chairman of the largest town committee in Erie County.
This is a dramatic turn of events in the ongoing saga of Erie County Democrat infighting. Max, alilgned with former chairman Steve Pigeon, has been at odds with party leadership since the days of former chair Len Lenihan. A vengeful push last week to replace Zellner with activist Mark Manna was held off, as Zellner and his allies defeated his challengers by an even larger margin than when they tried to knock him out in 2012.
Is this a sign Zellner is consolidating control of the divided Erie County Democrats? That would certainly be sad news for county Republicans, who have romped in recent elections as the Dems squabbled.