Rep. Collins says potential challenger Chris Jacobs “same as electing a Democrat”


Republican Congressman Chris Collins is undecided about whether he will run for re-election in 2020. He does, however, have very strong opinions about one person who he does not want to see representing New York’s 27th congressional district.  

“If there is anyone who does not fit the profile – it is Chris Jacobs,” said Collins on Friday evening in Batavia.

State Senator Chris Jacobs announced he would seek the Republican nomination for Collins’ seat in Congress on Friday.

Collins said he has not made up his mind about a re-election campaign. He said the decision would be made “later this year” when his legal situation becomes clearer.

The Congressman’s indecision about a campaign did not stop him from criticizing Jacobs. He claims Jacobs is the “second most liberal Republican in the State Senate” and characterized him as a “never Trumper” and as “pro-abortion.”

In a statement released following Jacobs’ announcement, Collins said electing Jacobs “would be the would be the same as electing a Democrat.”

Collins was indicted on federal insider trading charges last summer, just two months before winning re-election by defeating Democratic Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray. He is scheduled to go to trial in February 2020.

Jacobs said Collins legal issues keep him from properly representing the people of New York’s 27th congressional district.

“I think we need to make sure this seat is held (by a Republican) and held with a congressman who can fully serve in the seat,” Jacobs said. “Right now, Mr. Collins is not able to participate on committees because of his indictment.”

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