Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Chris Collins resigns his congressional seat in anticipation of pleading guilty to felony charges of insdier trading.

From The Week on 10/01/19

GOP Rep. Chris Collins resigns
Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) resigned, effective Tuesday, ahead of a scheduled hearing to change his plea to guilty in an insider trading case. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) received Collins' resignation letter Monday. Collins was arrested last August on insider trading charges, and his plea change hearing was scheduled for Tuesday in New York. A trial was scheduled for early 2020, but Collins was narrowly re-elected last fall to represent his heavily Republican district, although he was stripped of his congressional committee seats. Collins' 2018 Democratic challenger had already pledged to challenge him again next year, while several local Republicans had also announced they'd compete for Collins' seat. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will likely call a special election to fill the seat. [The Buffalo News]
Editor's note:
When I lived in Batavia NY Chris Collins was my congressman. He was the first congressman to support Donald Trump's run for president. Back in 2018 he was accused of insider trading and announced he would not run again for his congressional seat in November of 2018. However, later he changed his mind and ran with the charges pending.

Western New York is heavily Republican and even though the charges were very credible, the voters re-elected him anyway. Due to his felony charges he has been crippled as a representative of the people in his district not being given a committee assignment. Now, in September of 2019 he has resigned the seat he was elected to, and will pled guility on October 1, 2019 to the charges.

It seems ironic that a corrupt congressman who is ethically challenged would be the first supporter of the most corrupt President in the history of the United States. It also is interesting that my fellow citizens in Western New York would vote for a corrupt congressman and a corrupt President. What is wrong with the moral compass of my fellow citizens? They seem like nice people on the surface, but at a deeper level there is something seriously flawed.

Here at Markhams Slow News we will continue to research the origins of the voters tolerance and support for moral deviance.

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