Fac­ing in­dict­ment, Collins ends re-elec­tion bid

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

In an about-face, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins is end­ing his re-elec­tion bid days af­ter the Re­pub­li­can con­gress­man from New York was charged with in­sider trad­ing, while his Demo­cratic chal­lenger is call­ing on him to re­sign im­me­di­ately.

Collins re­leased a state­ment Satur­day morn­ing say­ing he will sus­pend his cam­paign and fin­ish the rest of his term. Collins was in­dicted Wed­nes­day on charges he passed in­side in­for­ma­tion about a biotech­nol­ogy com­pany to fam­ily mem­bers so they could profit from il­licit trades. He had said later that day he would re­main on the bal­lot de­spite the in­dict­ment and fight the charges.

But Collins re­versed him­self Satur­day. “I have de­cided that it is in the best in­ter­ests of the con­stituents of NY-27, the Re­pub­li­can Party and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s agenda for me to sus­pend my cam­paign for re-elec­tion to Congress,” his state­ment said.

He went on to say he will fill out his term and “con­tinue to fight the mer­it­less charges brought against me.” He has de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

Collins’ de­ci­sion to end his re-elec­tion bid ap­peared to boost Democrats’ chances of tak­ing in a solidly Re­pub­li­can dis­trict, but the an­nounce­ment left unan­swered ques­tions in­clud­ing how Collins’ name could be re­moved from the bal­lot.


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