September 17, 2018 01:21 PM
Congressman Chris Collins will remain on the November ballot for the 27th Congressional District seat.
In a press conference on Monday, Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy says the congressman is "not cooperating" to remove his name from the ballot.
Langworthy says Collins stopped cooperating with the Republican Party on the advice of his lawyers, calling the decision "a great surprise."
“Because of the protracted and uncertain nature of any legal effort to replace Congressman Collins we do not see a path allowing Congressman Collins to be replaced on the ballot," Mark Braden, legal counsel for Collins, said in a statement.
In August, Collins was indicted by a federal grand jury on insider trading charges and lying to federal agents. He pleaded not guilty.
Republicans had been scrambling to replace Collins on the November ballot since he suspended his re-election campaign.
Nate McMurray, the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for 27th Congressional District, also responded to the announcement.
"Well it’s nice to finally know who I’m running against," McMurray said in a statement. "But, in truth, we always knew we were running against Chris Collins. There are laws for a reason. There is accountability in our society for a reason. And in the greatest democracy in the world, voters weren’t going to take this kind of sham switching around names on a ballot at the whims of local party bosses."
Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean will have the latest on News10NBC at 5.
Updated: September 17, 2018 01:21 PM
Created: September 17, 2018 11:03 AM
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