Voters react to Congressman Collins' campaign suspension

August 11, 2018 11:16 PM

Local Congressman Chris Collins suspended his re-election campaign Saturday morning, three days after news of an indictment on federal insider trading charges.

Saturday, News10NBC heard from voters in the 27th congressional district.

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Voters have mixed feelings about Collins decision to drop out of the race.

Some say this makes him look more guilty while others say he still has their support, and say the congressman is innocent until proven guilty.

"It seems like they got him over a barrel," Peggy Cummings told News10NBC. "I think he knows he doesn't have a chance."

Last election Cummings cast her ballot for Congressman Chris Collins, that won't be an option this November now that he's leaving the race and still faces charges for insider trading and lying to federal investigators.

Cummings says he's lost her support, but not all voters feel the same way.

"It's not cool if it's true I mean we gotta wait for the courts to come out and say what happened...I'm not going to convict him yet," said Tim, a voter in the 27th Congressional District. "I just want to hear everything before I say one way or another I've seen people get in trouble for stuff they didn't do."

Earlier this week federal prosecutors mapped out their investigation into Collins using a detailed chart, that's enough evidence for voter Jay Duderwick.

Duderwick said,"he looks guilty as can be the man shouldn't be running or holding office."

Duderwick says these charges couldn't come sooner for Collins, "he's had a long history of if not breaking the law at least being reckless about his position as a congressman."

Some of the voters News10NBC spoke to say they already know what candidate they plan to support since Collins isn't running. They are just waiting to see who makes it on the ballot.


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