Errigo: Collins Made The Right Decision


Assemblyman Joseph Errigo, R-Conesus, Livingston County, said this morning that Erie County Executive Chris Collins made the right decision last night to end his exploratory campaign for governor.

“I think it was the right decision. At least I give him credit for making the right decision and not embarrassing the party,” Errigo said. “It’s unfortunate. I have nothing against him.”

Collins ended his potential GOP candidacy last night after a series of gaffes that raised questions about whether his candidacy could continue. It started with Collins comparing Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, an Orthodox Jew, to Hitler and the anti-Christ.

And it continued with Errigo blowing the whistle on Collins after Collins apparently told a woman looking for a seat at the State of the State address earlier this month that she could get a seat for a “lap dance.”

But Collins made no mention of those issues in his letter to state GOP chairman Ed Cox announcing his decision, saying “I have decided to finish the job we have started here in Erie County. While we have achieved great success in getting county finances under control and reforming county government, there is still a great deal to accomplish towards fixing our community’s broken economy.”

Collins told the Buffalo News he has no plans to endorse Rick Lazio, the only announced GOP candidate for governor.

Here’s Collins’ letter.


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