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Collins suspends campaign for re-election; McMurray calls for resignation

Sat, Aug 11th 2018 02:15 pm
Congressman Chris Collins released the following on Saturday:
"Democrats are laser focused on taking back the House, electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump. 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.  
"After extensive discussions with my family and my friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Trump's agenda for me to suspend my campaign for re-election to Congress.  
"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.
"I will also continue to fight the meritless charges brought against me and I look forward to having my good name cleared of any wrongdoing."
New York State Sen. Rob Ortt said he is in consideration to replace Collins on the Republican Party line. He released a statement that read, "I am humbled and honored to have my name included in the shortlist of individuals considered to represent the constituents of New York's 27th Congressional District. Just as I answered the call to serve my country after the events of September 11th, I will answer the call should I be asked to serve the constituents of New York's 27th Congressional District. Regardless of who is selected as the Republican Party's nominee for NY27 this November, we must ensure the values of the district's hard-working residents continues to be represented at the federal level."
Also on Saturday, congressional challenger Nate McMurray held a press conference. In a released statement, he said, "It's absolutely true that Chris Collins should not be running for this or any other seat, a fact that the local Republican Party knew full well when they endorsed and celebrated him while he was under investigation for securities fraud. And now the same machine that relentlessly attacked me for daring to question Mr. Collins' record is attempting to get rid of him while gaming the system in order to hold on to a seat they can no longer win.
"New Yorkers and Americans are sick of this kind of charade and they are right to be.
"And it is a continuing disgrace that both parties have not said, with one clear voice, 'Resign, Mr. Collins, and do it today.' Well, let me do it for them: 'Mr. Collins, suspension is one thing but, it is time for you to resign. Do it today.' "

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