Congressman Chris Collins speaks after Nate McMurray initially concedes in 2018 midterm election. November 7, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Brendan Keany)

Republican field growing for NY-27

Michael Caputo among those interested in race

May 20, 2019 - 7:45 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The field of republican candidates for the 27th congressional district continues to grow.

On Friday, New York State Senator Chris Jacobs announced his candidacy for the district, joining Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw in the field. Incumbent Congressman Chris Collins has not indicated whether or not he will seek re-election. The congressman is under a federal indictment for insider trading.

"I decided to do this announcement early because it's very important to put together a campaign structure and put together momentum in this effort," Jacobs said on WBEN's A New Morning. "Last time, the republicans almost lost this seat and I think it's very important to retain this seat in republican control and be a strong ally in support of President Trump's efforts and agenda. I think it's important to have a congressman that can advocate fully for the 27th district here in Western New York and for the country."

After Jacobs made his announcement last week, Collins released a statement which called Jacobs, without mentioning him by name, a "never-Trump republican"

Political operative Michael Caputo on Sunday hinted at a run.

"There is only one way to get into a political race and that is all in," Caputo told WBEN's David Bellavia. "When you run for political office you get raked over the coals and you get people trying to expose you and lie about you. But David, I've been put through that for two years. I'm a completely vetted person by now."

When asked on a scale of one to ten if he is running, Caputo said he is a five.

"I've been a one or negative one all my life," Caputo said.

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