Jim Kelly facing backlash after endorsing conservative candidate for NY-27

Updated: January 20, 2020 04:02 PM
Created: January 20, 2020 06:44 AM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer is facing backlash after he endorsed congressional candidate Beth Parlato Saturday night.

Jim Kelly, who lives in the 27th congressional district, tweeted that he and his wife are supporting the Republican candidate. He also tagged President Donald Trump.


People called Kelly out for getting political and supporting a conservative candidate, as well as his mention of the president.

Kelly's wife came to his defense, saying they were supporting a friend that they've known for more than 20 years.

Parlato is a Western New York family attorney, Fox News Contributor, and former Darien Town Justice. 

She is running against fellow Republicans Christopher Jacobs, Robert Ortt, Frank Smierciak II, as well as Democrat Nate McMurray in the April 28 special election.

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