Jacobs, McMurray tout endorsements in NY-27

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 June 2020 at 1:47 pm

The major-party candidates in the June 23 special election for the New York 27th Congressional are touting recent endorsements.

Chris Jacobs

Chris Jacobs, the Republican candidate and a state senator from Buffalo, today announced he has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

“It is truly an honor to be the only candidate to receive the endorsement of the NRA for NY-27,” Jacobs said. “This is a testament to my conservative record and experience of fighting for the Second Amendment rights of my constituents as County Clerk and New York State Senator.”

“Whether it is fighting for the privacy of pistol permit holders, battling Governor Cuomo over the unconstitutional SAFE Act, or voting against red flag laws – I have always stood with law-abiding gun owners,” Jacobs said. “I promise to uphold this commitment to protecting our rights, and Western New York gun owners can rest assured they have an ally and a fighter for them in Congress with me.”

Jacobs also has been endorsed of United States President Donald Trump, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), Congresswomen Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Former Congressman Jack Quinn (R-NY), NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan, NYS Assemblyman Steve Hawley, NYS Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, NYS Assemblyman Mike Norris, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, and the National Right to Life Committee.

He also has the backing of the National Federation of Independent Business.

“I have known Chris Jacobs for 10 years,” said Greg Biryla, NFIB New York State Director. “I have lived in communities he has represented, and I have worked side-by-side with Chris on the most important issues facing NFIB members in Western New York and across our state. Small businesses are uncertain and anxious about their future and they need a champion in Congress who has walked in their shoes, understands their challenges, and will make sure the voice of small business is heard loud and clear in Washington. Chris Jacobs is the right person at the right time to represent the people, communities, and job creators from every corner of New York’s 27th District.”

Nate McMurray

Nate McMurray, the Democratic candidate for the NY-27th District, also is announcing several recent endorsements, including U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

“I’m proud to endorse Nate McMurray for New York’s 27th Congressional District,” Schumer said. “Now more than ever, this district needs a fighter like Nate to advocate for health care and family farms, and provide much needed support to small businesses during this pandemic crisis. Fortunately, Nate’s extensive experience as a business professional and town supervisor means he will hit the ground running in DC after he wins next month.”

McMurray is a former Grand Island town supervisor. He lost a very close election in November 2018 to Chris Collins, who resigned Sept. 30 and is awaiting sentencing to federal prison on insider trading.

“I’m honored to have Senator Schumer’s support,” McMurray said. “He has dedicated his entire career to being a tireless fighter for New Yorkers. Senator Schumer has protected working families by encouraging job-creating infrastructure projects, protecting Social Security and Medicare and authoring a permanent tax credit to offset the rising costs of college tuition. I am eager to taking office and partnering with the Senator to improve the lives of all Western New Yorkers.”

McMurray also has the backing of the New York State American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. The New York State AFL-CIO is a coalition of 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector, and building trades unions throughout the state representing 2.5 million members, retirees and their families.

“We are announcing our full support for Nate McMurray,” said Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz, who represents 140,000 workers across the region. “Our Federation is working hard for him to beat Chris Jacobs. Labor is for social security, Medicare, good and fair wages and we want people in Congress who will defend us in this continued struggle. Nate McMurray represents the best possibility to make that a reality.”

McMurray has received over a dozen endorsements from local, statewide, and national labor unions.

“Nate McMurray is the right person at the right time to clean up a congressional district that was tainted with corruption by the previous office holder. Nate is the endorsed candidate of labor for good reason, he comes from humble working class beginnings and he understands our needs.” said Dan Maloney, President of the Rochester Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO.

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