Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence/Batavia) has drawn a serious Republican primary challenge. Mr. Collins, who won a close re-election last November despite being indicted for insider trading even as three other New York Republicans went down in defeat, is scheduled for trial before the next election.
On Friday, state Sen. Chris Jacobs (R-Erie County) announced that he will challenge Rep. Collins in next year’s Republican primary, saying that, “it’s hard for anyone to say Chris Collins is fully capable of advocating for this district.” Rep. Collins, who has not divulged his 2018 plans, responded by calling Jacobs a “never Trump Republican who supports abortion rights and taxpayer funded savings plans and legal aid for illegal immigrants.” As an aside, Mr. Jacobs’ family owns the Boston Bruins hockey franchise that is now headed for the NHL Finals.
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