Controversy Surrounds GOP State Senate Race

September 10, 2010 Updated Sep 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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September 10, 2010 Updated Sep 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - With just a few days until the September primary elections, the intensity heats up in the race for one vacant state senate seat.

Former Erie County Sheriff Patrick Galivan, former East Aurora Mayor David DiPietro, and former Erie County GOP chairman James Domagalski, all vying for the State Senate seat of the retiring Dale Volker.

Republican candidate for governor, Carl Paladino came out in support of Domagalski earlier this week. A move that 'shocked' DiPietro, who says he was the one to convince Paladino to run for governor in the first place.

DiPietro did not mince words when addressing the move, blaming Domagalski and party politics.

"You can see the self, egotistical person that Jim Domagalski is. He'll stop at nothing, nothing to get this senate seat. He has sued me three times already in this primary. This man will stop at nothing, he is an egotistical maniac," said DiPietro.

Domagalski is the Republican Party backed candidate in the race, leaving Paladino little choice but to fall in line after the Erie County Republican Party lent him their support in the race for governor.

DiPietro says despite the non-endorsement, he still supports Paladino for governor. The two met at length Thursday after the Paladino came out in support for Domagalski. DiPietro is also seeking to run for the senate seat on the newly formed Tea Party line.