Republicans are facing an unexpected challenge for a New York congressional seat.
Rep. Chris Collins, who is facing insider trader charges, is refusing to have his name taken off the November ballot despite having suspended his campaign.
Up until this weekend, the GOP was positive Collins was going to have his name removed from the ballot.
The party was then planning on naming Collins’ replacement, so they could begin campaigning for him.
As most already know, every single seat is crucial, so the GOP wanted to get started on Collins’ replacement as soon as possible.
With all of the pieces in place, the GOP was stunned when Collins’ attorney said the Congressman would not be withdrawing from the race.
The reason his attorney gave was that it could possibly hurt their defense case when they eventually go to trial.
Change of Heart
When the charges were initially announced, Collins said he planned on running while fighting the charges.
However, a week later, he stated he would be suspending his campaign.
At the time, he said that was the best course of action to take for the best interests of his constituents.
He had further stated it was also the best way to serve the GOP as well as President Trump.
His change of heart, however, is going to have the complete opposite impact.
Not removing his name from the ballot all but ensures Democrats a victory for that seat.
It will also get them one step closer to gaining the majority they so cherish in the House.
It would appear the best interests of the party, his constituents, and President Trump are no longer at the top of Collins’ agenda.