GENESEO — New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins suspended his campaign for re-election on Saturday after he was indicted on charges of insider trading.
Collins decision marks a change from the statements made on Wednesday, where Collins said he still intended to continue running for re-election.
“After extensive discussion with my family and my friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Trump’s agenda for me to suspend my campaign for re-election to congress,” said Collins in a statement posted to Twitter.
In the statement, Collins also said that he intends to complete the remainder of his term to, “assure that our community maintains its vote in Congress to support President Trump’s agenda to create jobs, eliminate regulations, reduce the size of government, address immigration and lower taxes.”
Collins, his son, and the father of his son’s fiancee were charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and other counts on Wednesday Each of them pleaded not guilty, and Collins maintained that he has done nothing wrong.
“I will also continue to fight the meritless charges brought against me and I look forward to having my good name cleared of any wrongdoing,” Collins said to conclude his statement on Saturday
Although Collins has suspended his campaign, under New York law he has to be nominated for another office before he can be removed from the congressional ballot.