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Remove or been put back because of a lawsuit. There’s no negative domino effect down the ballot . Had I been the nominee head someone from the state senator assembly been the candidate and then Chris Collins was put back on the ballot at a later date because of a court case , then those people will be out of a job well they would potentially put our state Senate in jeopardy .
So what’s puts play this out for a while. First of all , do you have any interest in launching or is it too late to launch an independent bid .
Oh , I would not do that. Absolutely not . Chris Collins on the ballot under zero circumstances . Well , what I consider myself candidate this .
He’s indicted on federal insider trading charges. I mean , isn’t there a point at which you have to say partisanship be damned . This guy has been indicted .
Well , I think that’s going to be up to the voters in November , the voters in November are going to have a very clear choice in the same way that the voters of New Jersey have a choice of Bob Menendez tie the system is imperfect this scenario is not perfect but at least this is democracy in action. The people are going to have a choice between who I believe is a you know radical extremist anemic Mary who will support Nancy Pelosi and impeach Donald Trump or current congressman Chris Collins . The beauty of our democracy is the people will decide .
You you were giving resiliency. A new name . I mean this is amazing . I really , I was going to ask if you’re angry . No , not at all .
I guess if it was me I’d feel like , oh wow , I was banking on this opportunity for 6 weeks or so only the habit pulled away from me. At the last minute , so there’s nothing like that like here in tonight when you’re talking at home . You’re not going to be like I have .
No , no , we have a 7-month old baby at home I want.
I mean changing day.
And feeding the baby. No , I mean , look , I I worked for a congressman Chris Collins and when we lost the race for county executive in 2011 . At that time . It was devastating . You know , I didn’t want to get off the couch . We lost a reason that we never should have lost . But in the end it was the best thing that ever happened for me , I got to run for comptroller Chris got to run for Congress and in the end , losing was the best thing that ever happened to us . So as far as this process is concerned . I’ve got to leave it to a higher power . Accept it . It’s not perfect is not what I want , but as I said before , there the support group for people who don’t get would get what they want life it’s called every .
But he you had to be an adult and deal with it so you.
You are planning on voting for Chris cards.
Absolutely. I live in the district . I live in Hamburg , which is the biggest town . I believe in the district I cannot . I could not with a clear conscience vote for Nate McMurray knowing he’s going to go to Washington and vote to impeach Donald Trump .
Well you won’t Nick Lange worthy , said exac.
Lose this is like the talking point that if you vote for an 8 McMurray. It’s a vote to impeach President .
I think that spurred the Democrats’ agenda in November as and when they take over the House if they do that they’re going to impeach President Trump on day one that’s going to be the top of their agenda. And it’s not coming from Republicans . That’s coming from Democrats he listen to Maxine Waters or Charles Schumer their agenda will be to impeach Donald Trump but if Nate Murray goes to Congress . He will vote was Nancy Pelosi for Speaker and he’ll vote to impeach President Trump which is why I will vote for the Republican on the ballot when I vote this November .
Even though he has been indicted on its.
Okay I I look at the big picture when it comes.
They have any Republican in their feet or a Democrat. And I think it’s incredibly important we maintain that seat in Republican hands .
So obviously that you know Nick Murray has gotten a lot more attention , more money. His profile has been raised because of the indictment . So now it’s gonna to be a race . What what if callers loses .
Then Mary becomes the congressman and he’ll vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker begins his choice will be now closely or the Republican and he’ll vote to impeach President Trump.
And then what does that mean for you , I mean you’re ambitious you’re young. What is your future hold it sound , it looks to me like you are interested in higher office .
Yeah , I mean that’s obvious by putting my name into consideration.
Because you’re running for higher office , or you were right for this morning. Yeah . Up until this morning , sorry but we .
We shall see what happens , you know , I think we’ll take stock of what happens on Election Day and then make a decision going forward. I have 3 more years on my term as Erie County Comptroller . I love my job , I get to go to work every day and fight for . So I have a long talk with my wife and see what’s best for my family and see what happens next .
My you know these openings are few and far between. I mean my listeners should pay attention to this stuff . Both . You know , for example the Eric Schneiderman implosion and the Chris Collins implosion resulted in these rare openings with a very upper echelons of New York’s political stratosphere . There is no opening now is so what , what’s next for you I I understand that you’re going to stick it out with Erie County controller , which has got to be one of the most exciting positions they have hidden it hurts it politics but I’m being being facetious . Okay .
I love it. Actually , you know , I got to go to work every day and hammer politicians and fight for taxpayers . I can’t complain .
Would it make you feel. It does not that you need to be made to feel better , but it sounds like you might be happy if I asked you about your account is bond rating .
That’s , that’s , it’s very strong , according to S&P in obtaining Wall Street , the ratings agency says we’re in the best shape ever. And so we’re , we’re doing very well in Erie County , but I’m gonna take stock after the November election have a lengthy talk with my wife , Ashley , who is now the only Republican social worker I ever met mail .
Yes we are way is narrow.
Yeah well the normally left in social work in and she leans right. And so when I knew I I found my future bride at the time , but we’ve got a 12-year-old daughter and a 7-month-old son at home and I’ll talk to her and say hey do we run for Congress to be running for county executive , or do I stay right where I am , you know , we’re very blessed to have those options and you you hit the nail on the head , it’s that you know that the option for Congress . No one ever saw it coming over ever thought it would happen this way .
Would you ever want to be appointed or run in a special election if say Collins wins and then is indicted or if the ethics committee in Congress , boots amount.
Yeah that’s quite possible that you know that one scenario where Congress and Collins win and I really do believe that he will win and if he does resign then we’re back at the same exact spot that we were just a few days ago , the 8 county chair selecting I candidate and then there is a special election. You know I I don’t want to read any tea leaves and wonder what’s going to happen next because things happen so fast in this business , so I’m going to take stock of what the layout of the land . Looks like in November after election day and then make a decision going forward . But I I will make a decision quickly for the sake of the party , whether or not will be a candidate for Congress County executive or stay right where I am as controller .
So you are thinking about running against Mark pollen cars.
All we were very public prior to our throwing my hat in the ring for this congressional seat if given that race very strong consideration. I still am . I’m not really sure whether or not that’s in the cards right now . I was giving it serious consideration raising resources for it but after November I think will take stock of what the lay of the land . Looks like it then to make a decision shortly after that .
So , one more question I’m I you know , what about the voters of the 27th District. The constituents if Chris Collins is elected . They’re going to be basically electing a Republican . Yes , but somebody who will have no power in Congress . I mean , Chris Collins did at one point have enough clout to like bring home the bacon but no more .
I think Chris Collins when he wins the November can still don’t for a second round of tax cuts , which will certainly help voters and the 27th congressional district he can vote on bills that are pro farmer that helped the agricultural aspect of their district. Now there’s a lot he can do for taxpayers and New York 27 which that the biggest being is supporting President trumps agenda cutting taxes fighting for our tariffs when it comes to countries like China that has basically been ripping off the American people . There’s a lot Chris can and will do for taxpayers in New York 27 when he wins in November and I do believe that he will be victorious in November .
I’ll talk to you about Erie County‘s bond rating another time do you I think you are people to stay awake during the show divine Milo , he is the Erie County controller. What a pleasure . Thank you . I think you .
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