Nate McMurray Concedes in NY27

"He lied about me, he lied about my family"

November 26, 2018 - 5:49 pm

Hamburg, NY (WBEN) Nearly three weeks after the election, Nate McMurray concedes the race for NY27 to incumbent Congressman Chris Collins. 

McMurray had a parting shot at Collins, claiming the incumbent went to extremes to win such a close race. "He lied about me, he lied about my family. He hid from the media and the people he represents. His strategy was by his own admission, cowardice," says McMurray.

"It was a hard decision. A huge part of me wants to continue to fight," Nate McMurray said after a tally of absentee and other ballots in the western New York district showed him behind Collins by about 1,400 votes.

McMurray had a warning for Collins. "I will be watching. We will all be watching" to make sure promises are kept.

McMurray, town supervisor of Grand Island, told reporters that he decided against pursuing a recount or possible legal action that would have prolonged the race further. Instead, he announced the creation of a grassroots organization, Fight Like Hell, that he said would be a voice for people who feel disenfranchised or apathetic toward politics.

"I want more people to run for office, regular people, not millionaires, not people who cheat the system, but decent and kind and good people," he said. "When the time is right, I will run for office again."

Collins, a wealthy businessman and one of the first members of Congress to support Trump's presidential campaign, is scheduled for trial in early 2020 on charges he leaked information about a biopharmaceutical company that allowed his son and others to avoid nearly $800,000 in stock losses. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI.

A conviction would likely lead to Collins' resignation from Congress and a possible special election.

"We'd have to speculate," McMurray said when asked whether he would run, "but it's definitely something I feel strongly about."

A spokesperson for Collins says in a statement, "This was a hard fought race, and Congressman Collins is already back to work. He appreciates the support of voters across the 27th Congressional District and looks forward to ensuring our region’s voice is heard in Congress."

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