Collins Wants Ads Removed from Airwaves

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Chris Collins, the Republican looking to unseat Democrat Kathy Hochul from the 27th Congressional District, is asking local television stations to remove a political ad paid for by outside special interests.

The ad in questions claims that Collins fired 115 workers after he and a group of investors took over Buffalo China in 2004.

"If I had not stepped in at Buffalo China with a new company called Niagara Ceramics, 380 jobs would have gone to China," Collins told Eyewitness News.

The ad, paid for by a group called House Majority PAC, is inaccurate, said Collins.

All of the workers were laid off and 210 workers were hired at lower wages and benefits than those who worked for Buffalo China.

"Had I not stepped in, there would have been no jobs, and all of that work would have gone to China," said Collins.

House Majority PAC has refused to stop running the ad.

The Hochul campaign is running a similar ad, making similar claims, and said it will keep the ad on the local airwaves.

We do not plan on pulling it," said Hochul Campaign spokesman Frank Thomas. "It's pretty clear that those people lost their jobs."