It has now become apparent that New York Republican officials will not be able to legally remove Rep. Chris Collins’ (R-Clarence/Batavia) name from the November ballot. Mr. Collins was indicted for insider trading in a situation involving his son and a company in which both served on the board of directors. After the indictment, the Congressman indicated that he would not seek re-election and asked party officials to replace him with a new nominee.
Now clear that such cannot happen under New York election law, Mr. Collins will be forced to try to save the campaign for the GOP. The Republicans are in no condition to relinquish a safe Republican seat, particularly when several other northeast GOP districts, specifically in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, will flip to the Democrats without a reasonable fight.
The Democratic nominee opposing Rep. Collins is Grand Island town official Nate McMurray, but he has yet to make a mark on the campaign trail. Despite what is normally a safe Upstate Republican seat, we can certainly expect to see national and local Democrats quickly coalescing behind McMurray to finance a serious run.
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