Political Expert: Collins running out of options

August 12, 2018 06:17 PM

Republican Congressman Chris Collins may have been hoping to catch some momentum from the President's visit as we head into the fall elections.

After being charged with insider trading last week, Collins, who represents the 27th Congressional District, suspended his campaign for re-election.

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Collins denies any wrongdoing and vows to fight the charges.

Political Expert Tim Kneeland says the embattled congressman was running out of political options.

"He was very close to the President. The first Republican in Congress to come out and endorse Donald Trump and he was expecting to get some of the fundraising from Donald Trump's visit, I suspect there was a signal from the White House that the President is not going to support Chris Collins going forward and that made his decision inevitable," Kneeland explained.

Under New York State law, Collins cannot be replaced on the ballot this close to the election unless he dies, moves out of state or is nominated for another office.

State Republicans are meeting in the coming days to figure out how their party will move forward in finding a new candidate.


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