We read with great interest today's Buffalo News story about allegations made against Wheatfield Supervisor Tim Demler by town council members. It seems, according to the councilmen who are serving with him, Demler has repeatedly authorized the payment of town bills even after the town board denied them. That's a big problem. Even worse, there is documentation showing that Demler later received campaign contributions from those he unilaterally had the town make payments to.
Interestingly, we also have also received much of the substantiating documentation, but were looking for further verification before we moved forward with it. And I can tell you, it does not look good for Demler.
As you may recall, Demler's endorsement was rescinded by the Wheatfield GOP a couple of months back. At the time, no reason was given by the committee, but it was widely speculated that the decision was based on Demler's affair with a town GOP committeeman's wife, who happens to work for the town (which in itself, banging another man's wife, would be reason enough for me not to support this slime). It now appears that the decision of the town GOP committee had nothing to do with Demler's philandering, but with the massive corruption that has become the staple of his organization.
Demler's response to the allegations was to simply attack the councilman who has been the most vocal, Larry Helwig. Well, here's an idea, Tim. Take the documentation that shows repeated indiscretions on your part and sit down with the councilmen, the media and the public and explain yourself. Going after the accuser is smoke & mirror bullshit, and no one is going to buy it.
Of course, since these allegations are being looked at by the Niagara County District Attorney, the F.B.I. and the New York State Attorney General, Demler may just as well be served by keeping his mouth shut. Because if what is being alleged is true, and the documentation certainly seems to support that, Demler has a big, big problem ahead of him. We're talking prison.
As a side note, kudos to Helwig for having the courage to speak out. We've never known Helwig to be a big political guy, just a local person who enjoys serving on the town board. It's not easy to put yourself out there as he has done, but he's doing the right thing.
You never know what you're gonna get in these sleepy little towns like Wheatfield. This election, which wasn't even on the radar a few months back, now appears to be one of the most interesting ones to watch. Stay tuned.