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Voters react to Collins' chargers

Posted at 6:18 PM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 18:18:12-04

Clarence Republican Jacob Moore voted down party lines two years ago. But Wednesday’s indictment filed against Congressman Chris Collins has him rethinking his loyalties.

“Since he's a politician he needs to be thinking about the public and not just his family.”

Clarence voters like Joanne Schwartz agree but she isn't making a federal case out of the federal case. “He's a nice guy and he's probably protecting his family.”

Collins pleaded not guilty, and plans to run for a fourth term in November, in a district he won by more than 30-points two years ago.

Fellow Republican Congressman Tom Reed said the charges are serious. “Having this type of allegation is something that would take some time and resources to deal with. If he remains on the ballot, it's the voters who will ultimately have their voice to control the situation going forward,” Reed said.

It's unclear how this will impact the entire GOP ticket in the General Election. 7 Eyewitness News has repeatedly asked Erie County Republican Chair Nick Langworthy to weigh in since these charges first surfaced. Langworthy still hasn't committed to an interview with us.

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