Collins, who represents New York’s 27th District that covers Buffalo and its surrounding counties, suspended his campaign after being indicted on charges of insider trading last month.
But he later reversed course after GOP leaders attempted for weeks to find a way to remove Collins from the ballot. Local and national GOP leaders were reportedly blindsided by his decision to remain on the ballot.
The House GOP campaign arm will not spend any money to help Collins.
“I don’t plan to spend a penny in that race,” National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Steve Stivers of Ohio told reporters on Tuesday.
“And I think Chris will win on his own accord,” Stivers added.
If representative Collins were to run and win his seat:
- Is there any history of a congressman successfully fending off the same (if not materially similar) charge?
- In what ways is it easier/difficult for a public figure to overcome a charge of this nature?
- If unsuccessful in defending and convicted, how is this problematic for the represented district?