NY27: What some candidates are hearing

Have they heard anything from local GOP?

Mike Baggerman
September 13, 2018 - 3:00 am

Congressman Chris Collins leaves a Manhattan federal courthouse after being charged with securities fraud and lying to the FBI. August 8, 2018 (AP Photo)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - As republicans inch closer and closer to the midterm election it's unknown publicly who the candidate will be on the ballot. For some candidates, the hope of being named the candidate is starting to take a backseat.

"When I talked several weeks ago (in Batavia), I felt there was a good path for someone to take up running and continue to hold the seat," State Senator Chris Jacobs told WBEN. "I'm less confident in this now given how long and protracted this has been. It would be a discussion if they came to me at this point in time because it is important for me to keep the senate majority."

Despite the reservations about hopes of being named, Jacobs is still considered a candidate. He said he is "100 percent focused" on his senate re-election.

State Assemblyman Ray Walter echoed some of Jacobs' statement, saying that his own focus is running for re-election in the assembly.

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is another candidate under consideration for the spot on the ballot but noted the biggest concern is about getting Collins on the ballot.

"From what I'm being told, it's going to be a massive, Herculean effort just to get Congressman Collins off the ballot," Mychajliw said. "I would not be surprised if, at the end of the day, Congressman Collins is going to be the nominee in November and that's fine. I think the most important thing, no matter who the nominee is, is that it stays in republican hands."

Mychajliw said that some candidates, without naming specifics, are getting cold feet about their name being placed on the ballot. If a candidate is placed on the ballot but Collins cannot be removed, that candidate will not be eligible to return to their previous spot on the ballot.

Republicans could name a candidate as early as Friday night after their respective committee re-elections, though Mychajliw said it's highly unlikely a replacement will be named. He ultimately believes that Collins will remain on the candidate for the 27th congressional district.

Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said on Tuesday that he believes the local chairs have the mechanisms in place to remove Collins from the ballot. 

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