BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A representative for the Erie County Democratic Party released a statement to News 4 this afternoon addressing Chris Collins suspending his campaign:
We thought we had seen the full extent of the shamelessness and arrogance of Chris Collins and the GOP, but this is a new low. Under arrest for securities fraud, Collins is now attempting to defraud the people of the 27th Congressional District, who he has refused to meet with or respect while in office. If Chris Collins is unable to campaign because of his legal woes, he is also unable to perform the duties of his office. He must admit guilt and resign. This process has a dark cloud over it and is now creating more shame on an international basis for Western New York. Apparently, the GOP is willing to disgrace itself and pay any price to hold on to a congressional seat.