Seven WNY lawmakers sign letter calling on Rep. Chris Jacobs to resign from Congress

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB)– Seven members of the Western New York Delegation of the New York State Legislature have signed a letter calling on Congressman Chris Jacobs to resign.

Assemblyman Patrick Burke tweeted a photo of the letter on Sunday afternoon. It began by detailing the insurrection that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 while Congress met to vote on certifying the 2020 Presidential election results.

Assemblyman Burke previously called for Representative Jacobs resignation on January 6.

The letter calls out Representative Jacobs for objecting to the certification of the 2020 Presidential election.

“Even after experiencing the attack on the Capitol Building, Congressman Chris Jacobs abandoned his oath of office and constitutional duty when he voted against certifying the results of a free and fair election.”

The letter claims that Jacobs “cast his vote against democracy and in favor of perpetuating a dangerous lie.”

The conclusion of the letter calls on Jacobs to resign his seat in Congress and “if he will not do so voluntarily it is our hope that he is expelled from Congress, consistent with the rules of that body.”

News 4 reached out to Congressman Chris Jacobs and received this statement from Jacobs’ Press Secretary Christian Chase:

“These officials have abandoned their jobs for months while the Governor’s mismanagement has led to countless nursing home deaths, the shuttering of businesses, and a rise in violent crime rates. Instead of doing their jobs, they have chosen to engage in opportunistic outrage when it politically suits them.”

“Congressman Jacobs is focused on moving forward, healing our nation, and proudly representing the 27th District. They should re-examine their priorities and join him in working to heal our nation, not further divide it.”

Christian Chase, Press Secretary to Congressman Chris Jacobs

We also received the following statement from NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy:

“It is the height of hypocrisy that these do-nothing legislators who abdicated their constitutional duty for nearly a year are lecturing anyone. Western New Yorkers can’t get a vaccine and businesses are dying because they surrendered their power to the governor who has totally mismanaged this virus. New Yorkers remember quite well that these same group of legislators did nothing as mayhem filled cities across the state and law enforcement officers were being attacked–including in their backyard of Buffalo.”

“They should focus on doing the job taxpayers pay them to do instead of wallowing in disgusting and divisive political opportunism.”

Nick Langworthy, Chairman, NYGOP

Below is a list of those who signed the letter calling for Congressman Jacobs resignation:

  • Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D), Assembly Majority Leader, 141st District
  • Sean M. Ryan (D), Senator, 60th District
  • Timothy M. Kennedy (D), Senator, 63rd District
  • Patrick B. Burke (D), Assemblymember, 142nd District
  • Monica P. Wallace (D), Assemblymember, 143rd District
  • Karen M. McMahon (D), Assemblymember, 146th District
  • Jonathan D. Rivera (D), Assemblymember, 149th District

View the full letter below:

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