Paladino Leads Protest Against Higgins Fundraiser

December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 12:16 AM EDT

By Jill Perkins

December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 12:16 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) "If you can't carry the values of the Republican Party, then walk away," said Buffalo developer and school board member, Carl Paladino as he led a protest against a fundraiser for US Congressman Brian Higgins, upset that republicans are supporting the democrat.

This is about republicans selling out their republican constituencies," said Paladino on Monday.

Protestors lined up as supporters entered the Buffalo History Museum, reminding other members of their party about Higgins' actions as a legislator, including his vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee, Jeremy Zellner told Eyewitness News "Carl has his right to his own opinion, he exercises that right all the time and that's fine. But I think what tonight's party showed was that there's a tremendous amount of support for our Congressman here in Western New York that crosses party lines."

WKBW reached out to Higgins' staff to obtain a comment from the Congressman on the protest, but have not yet heard back.