A high-ranking politician has been arrested and Democrats are in shock. They are scrambling to figure out what to do next, but there’s nothing they can do.
Congressman Chris Collins of New York, a Republican, won re-election in 2016 with nearly 70-percent of the vote. But now that he’s been indicted on insider trading and corruption charges, Democrats are hoping to pick up the seat.
But this isn’t likely to happen. Republican candidates have already stepped up to the plate to run for Collins’ seat, regardless of what happens with his trial. State Senator Chris Jacobs (R-Buffalo) is one such candidate.
“The only way this district is lost is if Chris Collins is on the ballot,” said Jacobs. He’s right. Collins’s congressional district is deep red, but Americans do not tolerate corruption in their elected officials.
Jacobs also noted that while “Chris Collins has done some good things for this district,” he doesn’t believe the embattled congressman “can represent this district under federal indictment.”
His campaign already has nearly $450,000 in donations, and his fundraising doesn’t show signs of slowing down. The other candidates are former judge Beth Parlato and state Sen. Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda).
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