Christopher Callaghan

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J. Christopher Callaghan is the former Treasurer of Saratoga County, New York, and an unsuccessful candidate for New York State Comptroller in the 2006 statewide elections of the Republican and Conservative Parties.

Political career[edit]

Callaghan has worked in government finance for over 30 years. This began as Budget Officer for the Town of Waterford from 1980-86. He worked for the Saratoga County Administrator's Office as a management analyst from 1983-97. At the end of his tenure in 1997, Gov. George Pataki appointed Callaghan to fill the vacancy of the Saratoga County Treasurer.

He was later elected to the treasurer's office in his own right in 1998 and reelected in 2002. He is the President of the New York State Association of County Treasurers and Finance Officers, and a member of the National Association of County Treasurers and Finance Officers. He retired as Treasurer in 2006 to pursue his bid for State Comptroller full-time. He was replaced by his Deputy Treasurer Sam Pitcheralle.

2006 Comptroller Race[edit]

In early 2006, Treasurer Callaghan announced his campaign for state comptroller and picked up an early endorsement from Niagara County Treasurer David Broderick.[citation needed] There were reports that state party leaders were trying to recruit Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef to run for comptroller against Treasurer Callaghan. Vanderhoef announced that he was not running for comptroller and instead announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor.[citation needed]

Callaghan spent much of the summer months of the campaign traveling to the many county fairs throughout New York. He chronicled his visits in a web-campaign ad which he described as "Chris and Alan Hevesi together on the Campaign Trail."[1]

On September 21, 2006, Alan Hevesi admitted that he hired an employee of the state to drive around his wife after Callaghan made a public statement on the matter and called the "Comptroller's hotline."[2] On September 26, 2006, Callaghan asked the Albany County D.A.'s office to investigate.[3]

Callaghan was endorsed by the Poughkeepsie Journal,[4] the New York Sun,[5] the New York Post,[6] the Times Herald-Record,[7] the New York Times,[8] and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.[9]

Callaghan was defeated on November 7, 2006 by incumbent Alan Hevesi; conceding defeat, Callaghan remarked, "I cannot help but regard the decision of New York voters as odd."[10]

2006 NYS Republican and Conservative Party Ticket

Electoral history[edit]

New York State Comptroller election, 2006[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alan G. Hevesi 2,193,602 56.37
Republican Christopher Callaghan 1,535,329 39.45
Green Julia Willebrand 108,165 2.78
Libertarian John Cain 38,483 0.99
Socialist Workers Willie Cotton 15,786 0.40
Total votes 4,134,973 100.00


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  5. ^ "Callaghan for Comptroller - The New York Sun". 2006-10-24. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
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  7. ^ "Hevesi betrays taxpayers' trust - Opinion - - Middletown, NY". Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  8. ^ "For New York Comptroller". The New York Times. 27 October 2006. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
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Party political offices
Preceded by
John Faso
Republican,Conservative and Independence Nominee for New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
Harry Wilson
Political offices
Preceded by
George H. Gasser
Saratoga County Treasurer
1997 – 2006
Succeeded by
Sam Pitcheralle