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Will Trump Try to Replace New York's Rep. Collins With "Controversial Carl?"

Will Trump Try to Replace New York's Rep. Collins With "Controversial Carl?"

Carl Paladino (AP Photo/David Duprey)

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 08:30 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Less than 24 hours after Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., insisted Thursday night he was seeking re-election in spite of his indictment on charges of insider trading, the embattled lawmaker reversed himself Saturday morning and announced he was "suspending" his campaign in New York's 27th District.

Collins's stunning reversal gives the opportunity for Republicans and the New York Conservative Party to replace him on the November ballot.

But the exodus of the controversial congressman could lead to a Republican nominee who is perhaps just as controversial: Carl Paladino, multi-millionaire businessman, 2010 Republican nominee for governor, and co-chairman of Trump's campaign in New York State in 2016.

Paladino, 71, has a long history of incendiary remarks and tweets ranging from his hopes that Barack Obama "catches mad cow disease" and Michelle Obama "lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie the gorilla."

"I'm all in! #NY27," Paladino tweeted, announcing his candidacy Trump-style on Sunday afternoon.

Empire State Republicans who requested anonymity privately voiced fears to Newsmax that a nomination of Paladino could fuel the candidacy of Democratic nominee and Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray just as much as the prospect of facing the indicted Collins did a few weeks ago.

A more immediate fear among Republicans in the district that includes four counties and parts of four others is that Trump himself will weigh in with an endorsement for Paladino when GOP county leaders meet and choose a replacement nominee.

In contrast to past presidents, Trump readily gets involved in contested primaries for the House and Senate and governorships. If someone was an early supporter of his in 2016, the odds on Trump endorsing him or her for nomination rise dramatically. Several studies have shown Trump's win-loss record of endorsements in primaries is 19-to-1 (the one loss being appointed Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama, who lost the GOP nomination to Judge Roy Moore).

Assuming Collins accepts nomination for another office such as one of the town clerk's positions in the Buffalo-area district or declares his legal residence to be one of the other two homes he owns outside New York (Florida and Washington D.C.), the three-term lawmaker will be legally able to take his name off the November ballot.

Once Collins is off the ballot, the county chairman from four counties and parts of four others will meet and, with weighted votes for each, determine the new nominee.

As to whether Trump's endorsement would have an impact on a small group of party leaders as much as on primary voters, several Trump-watchers reminded us how last year, the president personally called members of the Ohio Republican Committee to line up support for his ally Jane Timken over the sitting state chairman. Timken won.

Along with Paladino, Erie County Controller Stefan Mychajliw and Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley have signaled they want the nomination. Both are considered strong conservatives.

"The Republicans and the Conservative Party will come up with a new candidate who will hold the 27th," Conservative State Chairman Mike Long told Newsmax.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Less than 24 hours after Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., insisted Thursday night he was seeking re-election in spite of his indictment on charges of insider trading, the embattled lawmaker reversed himself Saturday morning and announced he was "suspending" his campaign in New...
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