HAMBURG, NY – Today Nate McMurray, the Democratic and Working Families Party Candidate for New York’s 27th Congressional District, released the following statement after another prominent Western New York political figure plead guilty to bribery:
“I hate that the reputation of public servants in Western New York is now that of indictments, court dates, corruption, bribery, FBI charges, and Congressional ethics investigations. Regardless of party, democrat or republican, we must uphold the rule of law. Voters are sick of this. I’m sick of this.
“I take no pleasure in Mr. Pigeon’s pleading guilty to bribery and take no joy in the egregious charges of corruption and lying to the FBI brought up against Mr. Collins. I’m sure it’s a hard time for him and his family. But we have laws for a reason. And public servants must be held accountable.
“The people of this region deserve representatives who will uphold the public trust, listen to them and truly represent them. That’s why I’m not taking corporate PAC money, why I spent so much time crisscrossing the district and listening to voters of every party and why I keep saying we need to break the political machine.
“Yesterday, Mr. Collins’ team refused to say whether or not he’d step on stage to honor the time-honored tradition of a debate. Voters deserve to hear from you, Chris. Step out from behind the attack ads and face the music.”