Collins, McMurray tout latest campaign endorsements

Staff Reports Posted 18 October 2018 at 8:30 am

Chris Collins and Nate McMurray are touting the latest endorsements in their campaigns for the 27th Congressional District.

McMurray, the Democrat and Working Families Party candidate, on Wednesday announced that he has been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue program which recognizes top-tier candidates who are running strong campaigns.

McMurray said his addition to the DCCC Red to Blue program is further proof of his momentum. A Sienna poll shows the strongly Repubulican district is a dead heat.

“It’s gratifying to have earned this support of the DCCC,” McMurray said in a statement. “It’s clear that they see what we see: our grassroots support is real and that we’re building momentum by talking to neighbors, getting small dollar donations, and standing up for what’s right. We’re sticking to our values of economic fairness and integrity, and voters are putting country before party because nobody wants a Congressman out on bail. People are tired of a system that’s rigged against them and know that we need real change to make it happen.”

Red to Blue is a highly competitive and battle-tested DCCC program that arms top-tier candidates with organizational and fundraising support to help them continue to run strong campaigns. Additionally, the DCCC provides strategic guidance, staff resources, candidate trainings, and other resources, McMurray’s campaign said.

“As Town Supervisor of Grand Island, Nate is a proven leader who has a record of working for Western New York,” said DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan. “Nate’s emphasis on putting people first has helped him build a strong grassroots campaign that is highly competitive and prepared to bring ethical representation to New York’s 27th Congressional District.”

Collins has stepped up his campaigning after initially saying he was suspended his campaign following his indictment on insider trading charges.

On Wednesday the Collins For Congress campaign announced that Collins, a Republican from Clarence, earned the endorsement of the New York State Right To Life Committee.

“I’m honored to earn the endorsement of the New York State Right To Life Committee,” Collins said in a statement. “The unborn, elderly, and disabled are under constant attack by self-serving radical politicians at all levels of our government. Advocating for the basic human rights of these individuals will always be one of my top priorities.”

The New York State Right To Life Committee’s endorsement comes after Congressman Collins received an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association.

“I’m proud of my 100 percent pro-life voting record and my work to protect the most vulnerable and innocent members of our society,” he said.

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