Indicted US Rep. Collins: I’m running, will serve if elected
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Indicted U.S. Rep. Chris Collins says he’ll campaign for his western New York seat, and the Republican is vowing to serve if voters re-elect him in November.
Collins’ announcement on Twitter Wednesday comes two days after he said he would remain on the ballot despite previously suspending his campaign in the wake of insider trading charges.
The 68-year-old congressman tweeted that the stakes “are too high” to allow a Democrat to take control of his congressional seat representing a right-leaning Buffalo-area district.
He says he’ll actively campaign for election to a third term while fighting the federal charges filed last month. He faces Democrat Nate McMurray.
Local GOP leaders who were expecting to replace Collins with another candidate say they were blindsided by his decision to remain on the ballot.