Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In a switcheroo, Trump fanboy Chris Collins pleads guilty to insider trading

Apparently, being an early Trump supporter is no longer such a hot ticket.  In 2018, Collins won a 4th term in Congress by a slim margin of 1,095 votes out of 258,178 cast.  He had trounced his opponents in the previous two elections.


GOP Rep. Chris Collins Resigns Ahead Of Reported Guilty Plea On Insider Trading.  (NPR, 9/30/2019)

Trump weighs in last year.

Dismay follows Trump's tweet about Chris Collins, attacking Jeff Sessions.  (The Buffalo News, 9/3/2018)
“The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice – one for the majority party and one for the minority party," tweeted Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican who is at frequent odds with the president. "These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the President was when the investigations began." 
Most other elected Republicans remained silent on Trump's tweet.

Original 8/10/2018 post, "Insider trading charges against Chris Collins might put
 New York's 27th red congressional district into play", starts here.
Or not.  

Collins defeated the 1-term Democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul in 2014.  Since then Collins has romped.

Chris Collins Was Just Indicted. Can Democrats Flip His New York Seat?  (The New York Times, 8/8/2018)
Mr. Collins, who was the first congressman to endorse Donald J. Trump in 2016, is running for his fourth term in a Buffalo-area seat that is one of the most conservative in New York. Mr. Trump carried the district with nearly 60 percent of the vote, his best showing in the state, and Democrats had harbored little hope of unseating Mr. Collins amid the broader fall House battleground. 
But the indictment of Mr. Collins is expected to change that.

The latest redistricting made the 27th much friendlier to the GOP.

Source:  govtrack

2000 census version (Ballotpedia)

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