McMurray, Jacobs React to Collins Sentencing

NY27 candidates prepare to move forward

Tom Puckett
January 20, 2020 - 4:00 am
Chris Collins leaves the US Federal Courthouse in Manhattan following his 26-month prison sentence for insider trading and lying to the FBI. January 17, 2020 (Getty Images)

Chris Collins leaves the US Federal Courthouse in Manhattan following his 26-month prison sentence for insider trading and lying to the FBI. January 17, 2020 (Getty Images)

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As Chris Collins prepares to serve a 26 month sentence for insider trading and lying to the FBI about it, some of the candidates in NY27 are reacting to the news.

Nate McMurray challenged Collins in 2018 and nearly won. "No sentence can heal the damage caused by Chris Collins and the people who lied for him to get us to a position where we have no representation in NY27," says McMurray, who notes Friday's sentencing was a sad day and takes no joy in Collins' prison time. "But I'm going to fight to makes ure people remember we're here because a lot of people making excuses for Mr. Collins. We have videotape of him committing the crime on the White House line and there were people telling us to look away and vote for party, not country."

As he campaigns on the Democratic side, McMurray has one challenge for voters. "I want the people of NY27 to ask all those candidates, where were you when he was committing a felony on the White House lawn and you saw it on video? Where were you when he was laughing about those charge?" asks McMurray. "It didn't take a legal scholar to figure out what was going to happen. He was going to use his position in Congress to get a lighter sentence, and he got it."

McMurray says Republicans will try to get voters to forget about what happened in 2018 to get one of their candidates elected.

Republican candidate State Senator Chris Jacobs says Friday was a sad day for Collins and his family. Now he says it's time to move on from this chapter, and voters are doing so. "Mr. Collins has been out for some time, so now we're more focused on the issues of the day, issues that impact their lives, and impeachment will be on the front burner for now," says Jacobs.

Jacobs says he respects the judge's decision. "I have faith in the judicial system. Both sides were given all discretion to make their case on what an appropriate sentence was. The judge did his due diligenece, and I'll leave whether the sentence was appropriate to him," says Jacobs. 

Jacobs says whoever becomes the representative in NY27 must earn voters' trust. "The way we handle things and carry ourselves matter. I always try to conduct myself with integrity and high ethical standards. I will do that in any capacity, and certainly if I am elected to Congress, I will do that," says Jacobs.

State Senator Rob Ortt issued this statement: “The constituents of NY-27 deserve better, and today provides us the opportunity to close this disappointing chapter and start fresh. This district deserves a faithful and hardworking conservative representing them in Congress, putting the needs of Western New York and America first. I believe I am the candidate best qualified to do so and it is my sincere hope that I’m afforded the opportunity to once again serve my country.”  

Calls to Beth Parlato were not returned. 

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