Erie County DA reviewing complaint of alleged voter fraud by Chris Jacobs

Jacobs: "This is nothing more than a desperate political stunt..."

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June 18, 2020 - 1:01 pm
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Just days before a critical special election and Republican primary election in the NY27 congressional district, allegations of voter fraud are being tossed at Republican candidate and New York State Senator Chris Jacobs.

The Erie County District Attorney's office confirms for WBEN they are in receipt of a complaint.

"Our office received a complaint and we are reviewing it," a statement from the office of Erie County District Attorney John Flynn reads.

In response, Jacobs released the following statement:

"This is nothing more than a desperate political stunt made by someone who is about to lose an election. My wife and I went under contract to purchase our home in Orchard Park on June 17th of 2019 and closed on our home on September 30th of 2019. Desperate attacks by political opponents are not surprising - sadly they have become a standard part of politics. We are grateful to the thousands of volunteers and supporters who have helped put us in position for a victory on Tuesday, and we are looking forward to getting to work for the people of Western New York."

Jacobs is running against Democrat Nathan McMurray in the special election Tuesday for the vacant NY27 congressional seat and is also facing-off in a Republican primary race with Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw and Beth Parlato.

Parlato released a statement Thursday, saying, "The last thing we need is another career politician embarrassing our district and bringing shame to the hardworking, honorable people of NY-27. We deserve better. We need to bring integrity back to this seat."   "I am calling on Chris to put the people first, to do what is right, and remove his name from both the special election and primary ballots."

McMurray added his own statement: “After so much corruption here in the 27th, we now have another endorsed Republican candidate who appears to be lying to the voters already. He has high paid consultants. This was no accident. It’s fraud. The people of this district cannot afford another entitled and detached millionaire. He’s proving he’s nothing more than that, and he shouldn’t be in office. I call on Chris Jacobs to do the right thing and drop out of this race."

Mychajliw added a statement as well: “Chris Jacobs said Chris Collins would be ineffective due to the criminal investigation hanging over him. With a pending investigation by the Erie County District Attorney into potential criminal misconduct, Chris Jacobs should apply his own standard to himself. The District Attorney will pass judgement upon Chris Jacobs, and so will voters in Tuesday's Primary Election."

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