Speaking to reporters Saturday, Democratic candidate Nate McMurray says he’s relieved Collins suspended his campaign, but continued to call for Collins to resign:
UPDATE 4:30PM: Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy tells reporters he expects to have a candidate to replace Collins on the ballot within 7 to 10 days.
Interest on the Republican side has already been expressed by Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, Buffalo-area radio personality and former State Assembly candidate David Bellavia, and 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino.
Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Nate McMurray has renewed his call for Collins to resign.
Just days after announcing he would not change his plans to run for re-election despite his arrest by the FBI on insider trading charges, Buffalo area Congressman Chris Collins Saturday suspended his re-election campaign.
Collins was charged Wednesday with securities fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and lying to a federal agent. Its alleged he tipped off his son and his son’s future father-in-law to inside information about an Australian biotech firm they were all investors in.
Collins released the following statement Saturday in regards to his campaign: