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Republican Rep. Christopher Collins Suspends His Campaign Following Indictment

Republican Rep. Christopher Collins Suspends His Campaign Following Indictment

Republican leaders will meet to determine who will run in Collins’ place

Earlier this week, Mary blogged about Representative Christopher Collins (R-NY) being indicted on allegations of insider trading.  Today, Collins has announced that he is suspending his reelection campaign.  It’s not yet clear who will replace him, but it seems unlikely that the GOP will lose this safe seat.

Fox News reports:

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., said on Saturday that he is suspending his re-election campaign — just days after he was indicted on insider trading charges.

“Democrats are laser focused on taking back the House, electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump,” Collins said in a statement. “They would like nothing more than to elect an ‘Impeach Trump’ Democrat in this District, which is something that neither our country or my party can afford.”

. . . . on Saturday, he said that after discussions with family and friends, that he had decided it was in the best interests of his constituents, the GOP and President Trump for his to suspend the campaign.

“I will fill out the remaining few months of my term to assure that our community maintains its vote in Congress to support President Trump’s agenda to create jobs, eliminate regulations, reduce the size of government, address immigration and lower taxes,” he said in the statement.

He added that he will fight the “meritless” charges against him and looked forward to being cleared.

Here is Collins’ full statement:^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^tweet

Republican leaders in New York state will meet to select a candidate to take Collins’ place against Democrat Nate McMurray.

Politico reports:

Under New York law, Collins’ name can be supplanted on the ballot at this stage of the cycle only if he dies, moves out of state or is nominated for another office — like a local judgeship. According to Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy, the exact mechanisms are still being worked out, but he noted Collins owns houses in Florida and Washington, D.C.

“At this point, he has decided it’s a distraction focusing on his legal situation,” Langworthy said. “It was a distraction for us trying to retain the seat as conservative and Republican leadership. So, I think it was the best decision given the circumstances, and I wish him and his family the best.”

Republican leaders from each of the eight counties in the 27th District — which covers rural areas as well as suburbs of Buffalo and Rochester — will meet to select a replacement candidate, Langworthy said. There are more than 40,000 active Republicans than Democrats in the district, which went for Donald Trump by 24 points in 2016.

. . . . Nate McMurray, the supervisor of Grand Island, is the Democratic candidate. He had struggled to raise funds, but his campaign has seen a surge of interest since Collins was charged.

Republicans in the district were hardly enthused about Collins’ initial plan to stay on the ballot, and several potential replacement candidates began quickly gauging support. In the mix are State Sen. Pat Gallivan, a former Erie County sheriff, Assemblyman David DiPietro and David Bellavia, a talk radio host and Iraq War veteran who has run for Congress before.


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When is hillary klinton’s indictment?

Eric Holder’s?

Huma Abedin?



Bernie Sanders?





And finally: Sessions.

Eastwood Ravine | August 11, 2018 at 6:56 pm

The last Republican to represent New York’s 27th before Collins was Jack Quinn. He’s still around, although what type of shape he’s in or if he even still resides in the congressional district I have no clue. Usually the party might try to bring someone out of retirement when a candidate can’t stand for re-election.

The Dems and their allies in the media are expecting the Republican Party to basically cede the seat.

casualobserver | August 11, 2018 at 7:38 pm

I’ve seen internet “chatter” about Carl Paladino getting back into running since he’s from the area. I really hope not. He’s just a little too goofy to be a good addition to the GOP. When he ran for governor and the pressure started to build he began sounded more like the guy in WV than someone who you might trust.

Let us remember that the way Barak Obama got his Senate seat is that MR Ryan was revealed to have asked his wife to have sex and was forced from the campaign.

Ryan was forced from the campaign by Republicans, who then could not find anyone to run against Obama. This after Sitting Republican Peter Fitzgerald was forced out in favor Ryan by Republicans. They had to ship in Alan Keyes. ( A great guy but definitely a carpet bagger. )

If they have a candidate that can win the district then fine, but if they wind up losing this race, then those that forced him out should have what balls they have ripped out.

    Edward in reply to RodFC. | August 12, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Further, the Democrats enlisted the Chicago Tribune to go to the California court and get the sealed divorce records unsealed and made public for the D̶e̶m̶o̶c̶r̶a̶ – er news media serving the public’s right to know the allegations people make against one another when engaged in a divorce battle.

I don’t know any of the particulars in this case, but it’s nice to see a politician who knows when he’s compromised and leaves the race. If only Troy Akin had done that, we wouldn’t have Senator Claire McCaskill right now.

If Joe Arpaio doesn’t do that in the AZ primary, I’m worried that we’ll be stuck with the super-squishy GOPe candidate Martha McSally.

And just like that, the dems coordinate with the NYAG to swing another house seat.