Letters to the Editor

  • News made the wrong endorsement for NY-27
    I was disappointed that The Buffalo News endorsed Chris Jacobs for New York’s 27th congressional district. Jacobs seems like a nice man however throughout his campaign and his short time in office he has never once criticized President Trump. In fact he has supported Trump’s lethally irresponsible failures to deal with the pandemic. By contrast, Nate McMurray has stated clearly that he understands that until our country deals with the virus, we won’t get our businesses running or our schools back to safety. In his TV ads, Jacobs has adopted the tired old lie that a Democrat will raise your taxes. The …

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  • Editorial got it wrong on Jacobs endorsement
    The endorsement of Chris Jacobs by The Buffalo News lacks sound reasoning. Constituents of NY-27 have been sorely neglected and abused by House representation for years. Citizens not subscribing to Donald Trump’s blind allegiance are not considered worthy of representation nor even a decent response to questions asked. It is a frustrating situation. For the short time Jacobs has been in the House he has failed us. He failed to vote for one of our most basic needs, supporting protection of USPS. He voted no to keep Trump happy, claiming he made a mistake. Nate McMurray may not be your …

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  • Vote country over party to revive WNY
    In response to Doralyn Marshall, whose letter to the US&J Mailbag was posted on Oct. 28: I was excited to finally see an opinion articulating why one should vote for Chris Jacobs. But “save the seat” was a lame, tired excuse used to elect Chris Collins, now prisoner, preceded by a long list of others. How about telling readers what multimillionaire Jacobs offers us, he who is supported by corporate donors with fat checkbooks; how Jacobs’ leadership would improve Western New York. Ignore that Jacobs, a lifelong politician, “distracted, accidentally” voted against the U.S. Postal Service, and introduced and voted …

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  • Party ID shouldn’t drive voting
    Voting for someone simply “to retain a semblance of a two-party representative government system,” as Doralyn Marshall wrote in the US&J Mailbag, fosters candidates who are seriously ill-equipped for the jobs they seek. Prime example: Chris Jacobs. Jacobs has held office for only three months and his voting record does not favor us, the people he supposedly represents. Jacobs voted against the USPS, against reinstating extended unemployment benefits and state and local funding to keep local taxes down, against pay raises for enlisted military, against parental legal power in cases of racial discrimination in schools, against expansion of energy grants …

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  • The GOP gutted the Post Office and Jacobs hasn’t helped
    Editor: Do you support the United States Postal Service and your post office? Most Americans support, trust and depend upon the USPS for a variety of services — for good reason: international reports continuously assess our postal service as the best in the world. In 2006 Congressional Republicans passed a law requiring the USPS to prefund 75 years worth of retiree health benefits in the span of 10 years. The passage of this law resulted in an added expense for the USPS of approximately $5 billion a year — something not required of any other public or private agency or …

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  • Vote for McMurray to represent NY-27
    We are facing many challenges as well as an upcoming election that will test the mettle of the American people and our democracy. For the NY-27 Congressional district there is also much at stake. After years of a gerrymandered haven for Republicans who have done little except protect their own interests (does the imprisoned Chris Collins ring a bell?) and pander to the constituents, we have the chance to turn things around. Let’s put party politics aside and vote for someone who is passionate about working FOR and representing ALL people of this district. Nate McMurray may be running as …

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  • McMurray, Biden are best choices for workers in WNY
    The last line of defense against the incredible power of corporate America are trade-unions that fight for the working class. Union endorsement, a “seal of approval,” conveys a lot about values and intentions of political candidates regarding the issues that most affect working people like: social security, Medicare, good/fair wages. Joe Biden and Nate McMurray are strong voices for labor and will defend workers, fight for healthcare for all and to mitigate the disastrous effects of climate change. Trump and career politicians like Nate’s opponent Chris Jacobs have shown they aim to do the opposite. Trump’s tax cut and regulation changes …

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  • 27th Congressional District needs respectful leadership
    I urge a vote for Nate McMurray for Congress. We need a competent, compassionate leader who is not beholden to a party or obsequiously subservient to an individual. With a pandemic that has killed more than 215,000 fellow citizens, it is time for leadership. The New England Journal of Medicine wrote: “When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs.”Scientific American wrote: “The evidence and …

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  • People of NY-27 deserve better
    I’ll keep this short. The people of our Congressional District have shown an ability to look beyond partisanship in the past and make decisions based on real wants and needs of the people and on the real abilities and principles of the candidates. It’s time to vote for Nate McMurray for the NY-27 congressional seat. He’s a real person, who has known struggle, who has worked hard to achieve what he has, who has stood up for the less-fortunate, who has successfully governed at the local level, and who has policy proposals that will really help the people of NY-27 and the country. His opponent is …

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  • People of NY-27 deserve better
    I’ll keep this short. The people of our Congressional District have shown an ability to look beyond partisanship in the past and make decisions based on real wants and needs of the people and on the real abilities and principles of the candidates. It’s time to vote for Nate McMurray for the NY-27 congressional seat. He’s a real person, who has known struggle, who has worked hard to achieve what he has, who has stood up for the less-fortunate, who has successfully governed at the local level, and who has policy proposals that will really help the people of NY-27 …

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  • Restating support for McMurray
    The Livingston County News has graciously published a number of letters by myself and my friend Mr. William Fine. Our letters are often critical of our current political representatives. We have also presented many salient points regarding the benefits of voting for opposition candidates in the upcoming election. We always adhere to the mantra of “punching up,” meaning that we only critique people in positions of authority and power who we feel are not adequately representing the people of our district. However, in a recent letter, Mr. Heppner (“Happy with Chris Jacobs representation”, Oct. 16) personally attacks Mr. Fine, defends …

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  • Reasons to vote for Nate McMurray
    Editor: I would like to thank Mr. Ronald Heppner for his letter Oct. 16, 2020 (“Happy with Chris Jacobs representation”). He is correct I did meet former Congressman Chris Collins at an event honoring Vietnam Vets. I was not clear when I stated “the only way to speak with Collins was to pay to attend one of his fundraisers.” At this event Mr. Collins made a few remarks then greeted each vet and shook their hands for a photo-op. Mr. Collins did not listen to concerns of veterans nor did he answer questions. This was just a photo-op which Mr. …

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  • Jacobs, Trump, et al. employ phony populism
    In the Sept. 29 edition of The Buffalo News, Rep. Chris Jacobs is quoted saying: “We have elites in Hollywood, our media, and others, activists that we see.” I find it interesting when multi-millionaires call “other” people elites. I looked at an old Buffalo News article and found Chris Jacobs net worth to be around 11.2 million and his family owns Delaware North whereas his opponent still has student loans. Jacobs predecessor Chris Collins had a net worth of about 50 million. He got busted for insider trading – not exactly a working class crime. Jacob’s endorser Trump whines about elites at …

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  • Jacobs spreading fear about Green Light law
    Congressman Chris Jacobs is spreading lies and fear to gin up votes. Mr. Jacobs stated that he is worried that the Green Light Law might allow undocumented immigrants to vote, (Buffalo News 9/11/20). Driver’s licenses issued under the Green Light Law will have the words “NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES” printed on them and they cannot be used to register to vote, or for passports, or for benefits or to vote. As a former New York State Senator, Mr. Jacobs knows this, yet he is spreading this lie so people will vote for him out of fear of immigrants. Undocumented immigrants …

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  • McMurray a strong voice for economic development
    For a strong economy and job growth, vote for Nate McMurray. Under Mr. Trump’s leadership, which Chris Jacobs supports, the economy in Western New York has been sluggish at best. David Robinson of the Buffalo News reported (3/13/20): “The January slump (in the jobs market), combined with major revisions to last year’s numbers that showed the local jobs market fell into decline last July, (2019), paints a picture of a sluggish employment market during a time when the national economy was still going strong.” The State Department of Labor reported that the Buffalo area lost about 3,000 jobs from January …

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  • Mc Murray Would Be a Break from Politics of Division
    Nate McMurray will change directions towards a more civil society. A study by Georgia State University Professor Jennifer Lynn McCoy found that polarization of politics is stimulated by the rhetoric of political leaders. She wrote: “Since launching his campaign, President Donald Trump has vilified so-called external enemies such as ‘criminal and rapist’ Mexican immigrants, terrorist Muslims and foreign allies out to drain America’s coffers through ‘unfair trade deficits.’ Now, the president is targeting internal enemies.” We need to stop vilifying and demonizing people of different ethnic or religious backgrounds. This has the effect of dividing and isolating people, instead of …

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  • Biden, McMurray show a way forward
    President Trump’s track record of bankruptcy, lack of financial know-how and lack of empathy for working people is dangerous. If Trump has his way with us the elderly face homelessness, nursing home rejection, a crashed economy. Americans will, once more, work till we drop, if we reelect a man who refused to lead during a pandemic, who cheats to win, who needs to avoid jail for a long list of past misdeeds. If Trump and Chris Jacobs win, America as we know it is over. The Affordable Care Act is the next item on the chopping block. Joe Biden and …

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  • Social Security must be preserved
    It is difficult to find an issue where our two candidates for Congress in NY-27 are not diametrically opposed. One of those is the extremely important issue of Social Security. Nate McMurray is willing to fight with everything he’s got to preserve Social Security, and to strengthen it so it can continue to benefit future generations of Americans. Nate understands that this program – one of the most popular Federal programs in American history – is the lifeblood of tens of millions of older citizens. He understands that it is something we all pay into, so that we can live …

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  • An independent supports Nate McMurray
    After the disgraceful exit of Rep. Chris Collins, now a convicted felon, the Republican Party had a chance to reach out to others beyond their base, such as independents and moderate Republicans. Instead they selected Chris Jacobs, whose unwavering allegiance to Trump compelled him to vote against the recent postal bill designed to ensure that mailed prescriptions and pension checks reached citizens in our district in a timely fashion.  Meanwhile in the neighboring 23rd District, Rep. Tom Reed, who is co-chair of Trump’s New York campaign, voted for the bill, forsaking partisanship in order to support his constituents who were …

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  • Officials at Hamburg rally should be removed
    A member of the United States House of Representatives  appeared and spoke at an event in Hamburg Sept. 26 that featured a hanged effigy of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. There is no doubt as to who was depicted. His presence thereby supported assassinating the governor. Chris Jacobs violated his oath of office. He is not fit to hold elective office. He should resign or be removed from office and should be removed from consideration for re-election, and should face whatever legal penalties follow from making such threats. Ellen Cardone Banks Williamsville
  • Integrity, opportunity on the ballot in NY-27
    A chorus of optimistic, energized voices from all corners of Western New York have endorsed a rare candidate who does not accept corporate money and is truly grassroots: Nate McMurray. Families of unrepresented NY-27 long for growth and opportunity, good jobs here. The reality has been weak, embarrassing representation in Congress, high unemployment and low wages. Energized citizens have risen and stood together through multiple election cycles beside Nate. Money can’t buy that kind of support. A grassroots movement, bubbling up from the bottom, offers hope for Western New York by speaking out — while we still can. Freedom of …

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  • Vote For Those Who Will Offer Hope For The Future
    Dear Editor, Despite a few years of dramatic political upheaval in our country – especially the past few months contending with the COVID-19 virus and economic turmoil – we are blessed in this area and in our nation with some outstanding candidates for political office. These are people who still believe our democracy is worth investing in and offer their time and energy in that pursuit. Amy Martoche is running for New York State Supreme Court. Judge Amy has a stellar judicial career capped by her deep involvement with the Buffalo area’s Human Trafficking Intervention Court, the first such court …

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  • Jacobs’ vote an attack on Asian-Americans
    Dear Editor: Congressman Chris Jacobs once again shows his totally grotesque subservience to President Trump. In a vote on the House Resolution, (H.R. 908), that condemns all forms of anti-Asian racism, Mr. Jacobs voted no. The bill reads: “The resolution recommits U.S. leadership to (1) prioritize language access and inclusivity in communication practices and (2) combat misinformation and discrimination that puts Asian-Americans at risk.” This is what our Congressman voted against. Our congressman favors treating Asian-Americans as second class citizens. I am reminded of a poem by Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller: “First they came for…”. But in this case you …

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  • Jacobs faulted for attending rally
    I am writing to express my horror at the spectacle of a U.S. congressman at an event featuring the mock lynching of another person — let alone the governor of his state. Hanging is murder, of course, and a criminal act, and the lynching scenario that was depicted in the Sept. 26 event is a hallmark of vigilante justice. Rep. Chris Jacobs did not utter a word against this — just as he has had nothing to say about President Trump’s broad hints that he will not abide by the results of the November election. He has not spoken up …

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  • The pitfalls of stereotyping one’s ‘opposition’
    The recent letter from Mr. Detschner about Democrats is not an accurate evaluation of Democrats but a generalization of his acceptance of vitriolic news about people of the party that I have supported since draft time (1969) during the Vietnam War. I accept conversation from good listeners, such as former congressman Chris Collins, until he was dismissed from his office because of bad choices. I always sent him my concerns and views about the 27th district and his staff always responded with appreciation even though my views were sometimes very socialist (for example, my view that unemployed or part-time employees need good …

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  • Jacobs gave ‘shabby’ service as a senator
    Ours is not a problem shared by many in our area. But many should be concerned about how my wife and I were treated by our state senator when we sought help to address our problem. My wife and I are seniors living on fixed incomes in retirement. We have long-term care insurance. It builds no cash value for us, but will help defray long-term care expenses if and when needed. A few years ago our premiums jumped, respectively, by 48% and 54%. I called the New York State Department of Finance and Taxation to find out why these increases …

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  • McMurray attuned to our future
    Nate McMurray is a breath of fresh air from Collins and clone-like Jacobs. Nate is young and more attuned to our younger generation and our future. He’s honest, open, and plain down-to-earth. He’s a good neighbor who will truly represent us. Vote for Nate. PLEASE VOTE, for many have made great sacrifices so easily forgotten for that freedom. Thank you. Dick Bondi Dansville
  • Jacobs made a statement with appearance at rally
    I question why politicians feel it is reflective of their constituents to stand with an effigy of an elected official. Do you condone hanging? As you speak from a podium of supporters of the Second Amendment do you feel that your condoning violence (and death) are American values? Rep. Chris Jacobs’ failure to call out this display for what it was is in fact disgusting. When his children mimic his behaviors is he are going to stand proud? When a member of his followers follows through on an act of violence, will he proudly defend them? Jacobs made a statement …

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  • We are better than fearmongering and anger
    Congressman Chris Jacobs pledged his allegiance to President Trump during the Republican Convention, not to the Constitution. A Buffalo News editorial (June 13) wrote: “But Republican politics these days demand fealty to Trump and a host of extreme positions. Jacobs, for example, supports a wall along the American southern border when there are better and cheaper ways to secure the nation. But that’s dogma now.” We can do better than personal loyalty; we can safeguard our ideals to make a more just society. Mr. Jacobs is running a campaign in a Trump-style, using fear of foreigners and the politics of resentment …

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  • Funding for cancer prevention efforts should be increased
    The importance of America’s public health system stretches far beyond the urgency of the coronavirus pandemic. Good public health starts with prevention, which includes preventing one of America’s deadliest diseases: cancer. Each year about half of the nation’s 600,000 cancer deaths could have been prevented through existing public health measures. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control cancer screening programs, which supply states and communities with resources to provide breast, colon, cervical and other cancer screenings to people in need, are so important. They can save lives and help address health disparities. For instance, although Black and White women get …

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  • An open letter to Rep. Chris Jacobs
    When you voted “No” to support our USPS, not brave enough to cross your boss, you said it was a mistake; you were distracted. I wrote to you then, privately; I write publicly now. A picture of you speaking at a rally with what looks like a life-size dummy of Governor Andrew Cuomo hung in effigy is circulating. Cuomo is not someone to be hung in effigy in New York State. His efficient, professional handling of the pandemic saved many lives. He followed data and led our nation when Trump refused. Remember, New York was hit first, when little was …

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  • Where’s the outrage over election interference?
    We know that Donald J. Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in 2016 sold valuable polling data to Konstantin Kilimnik, a known Russian intelligence officer. We also know that Russian hackers used information like the polling data to run targeted campaign ads to influence the election. We also know that the Russians are trying to interfere in the 2020 election. CNN reported on Aug. 7: “US intelligence officials have presented information to lawmakers and presidential campaigns indicating Russia is behind an ongoing disinformation push targeting former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, according to sources familiar with the matter.” …

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  • Jacobs lies about the Green Light law
    Congressman Chris Jacobs is spreading lies and fear to gin up votes. Mr. Jacobs stated that he is worried that the Green Light law might allow undocumented immigrants to vote (Buffalo News, Sept. 11, 2020). Driver’s licenses issued under the Green Light Law will have the words “not for federal purposes” printed on them and they cannot be used to register to vote, or for passports, or for benefits or to vote. As a former New York State senator, Mr. Jacobs knows this, yet he is spreading this lie so people will vote for him out of fear of immigrants. …

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  • Jacobs’ proposes showboat legislation as misery index climbs
    Dear Editor: Chris Jacobs is offering nothing but “showboat legislation,” legislation that they know won’t go anywhere. Mr. Jacobs held a press conference on Monday Sept. 14, 2020, to announce his plan to eliminating the Scaffold Law on federally funded projects, H.R. 8222. This sounds just like John Faso’s proposal on Sept. 21, 2017, H.R. 3808 to eliminate the Scaffold Law on federal projects. With Republican controlling the House, the bill was defeated; Republicans would not support the legislation. Let’s be clear this was a photo-op to make it look like Mr. Jacobs is doing something for infrastructure while knowing …

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  • McMurray, a perfect fit for NY-27
    Nate McMurray isn’t a guy who just gives up on his dreams. Most would have quit on NY-27 when they saw hopeless odds in the reddest congressional district in New York state. As a youth, Nate’s fate also seemed bleak. A poor, fatherless child in a large family, Nate lacked supervision, had poor attendance and mediocre grades in school, messy hair and muddy shoes, but lots of books. Steadfastly determined, McMurray shaped up. He earned an Eagle Scout award, went on to community college and multiple part-time jobs, graduated from college with honors, went to law school, became a Fulbright …

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  • Jacobs is failing; choose McMurray
    In the Sept. 12 Buffalo News editorial, “Keep Pushing for Help” only Reps. Tom Reed and Brian Higgins are named as potentially helpful. Plainly absent is Chris Jacobs. He has proven worthless as an advocate for Western New Yorkers. The editorial correctly stated, “The way to kill (the economy) is to value political dogma over the realities of a genuine crisis … by refusing to renew the $1,200 payments to taxpayers and the $600 boost to unemployment checks, the Senate is poisoning the economic well. By refusing to support cities and states whose finances have been bled by the pandemic, …

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  • No time for an unresponsive congressman
    No time for an unresponsive congressman Our new NY-27 Congressman Chris Jacobs is a difficult man to get a hold of. Jacobs didn’t really seem to have any policy positions or goals when he was running for office. Rather, he spent his time name-dropping the president and buying expensive TV ads full of obvious lies. You’d think he’d be eager to explain his positions if he actually stood for anything. However, I’ve contacted his office 1-2 times per week for the last 4 weeks. The staffer there was polite but apparently completely ignorant to Jacobs’ positions on any of the …

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  • NY-27 doesn’t need a paparazzo, it needs a representative
    When you’re a multi millionaire who uses your means, power and influence to run and win an election on misinformation (I’m being kind), apparently it still isn’t enough to leave well enough alone. In the 27th Congressional District we’ve lived through 3-1/2 years of lying commercials featuring terrorized images, foreign languages that scare but translate to nonsense (you’d know if you spoke fluent Korean) and, most recently when all else was failing, vicious, desperate third-world online tactics to offset the taste of defeat that was in the air. It was all too much to have a normal, truthful, capable person …

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  • Keep our kids safe, play the odds
    Thinking it will never happen is gambling. The gut-wrenching news was that the speech therapist was COVID positive. Quarantine, testing, waiting, waiting, a stressful, gut-wrenching reality for a family of five. One controversial, skinny little facial barrier worn by the speech therapist paid off. The family tested negative. Great news for everyone. The mask worked. Children have been protected, safe at home, until now. Parents are afraid, children feel the stress. Our kids are lucky to live in well-managed New York state, where masks are mandated and infection numbers are relatively low. Masks reduce the risk; they’re very effective barriers, …

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  • Surely, affordable healthcare for all is possible
    When Nate McMurray says “common-sense healthcare reform” and “Medicare for all,” he has our attention. We’ve dealt with a variety of health insurance companies in our many years of employment. We want something better. Surely a system that provides high-quality, reliable, affordable coverage for everyone is possible. Where there’s a will there’s a way. Meredith DrakeGeneseo
  • We need leadership, not fearmongering
    Republicans, like Chris Jacobs, will campaign on the politics of fear. They will call Nate McMurray a liberal but then they will add an adjective such as a “radical liberal” because liberal isn’t scary enough. They may add several adjectives such as “far-left radical liberal” or even “out of touch far-left radical liberal.” But no matter how many adjectives they use they will not define their terms nor will they state what issues they are running on because the republican platform is simply “loyalty to Donald Trump.” Mr. McMurray is running on providing health care at affordable costs. Mr. Trump …

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  • McMurray is better for COVID-19 economy
    COVID-19 is bad enough on its own. Over 180,000 dead. Millions infected. Continued spikes. I am concerned for the health and safety of all us. Hand in hand with our health, we cannot ignore the economic impact of the pandemic. Record unemployment, business closings (especially small businesses), reduced tax revenues resulting in cuts to education and other public services, unemployment benefits timing out. Wall Street is thriving, but that doesn’t triclke down to me, or most others. This is why we need Nate McMurray representing NY-27. Nate will support a new relief bill that will provide stimulus checks to regular …

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  • Congressman Jacobs has lost his way
    The right to vote is under siege. Whatever you think of Donald Trump’s politics, his attempts to thwart voting are plain to see, an all-out attack on American principles and values. He has slowed mail service and has urged people to vote twice illegally. Why hasn’t Congressman Jacobs spoken out? Why does he stand by as Trump connives to win, denigrates our fellow Americans and publicly threatens to pull federal funding from our state? Funding that WE THE TAXYPAYERS PAID!! As it is, we only get back 80 cents on every federal tax dollar we pay. Jacobs only PRETENDS to …

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  • Trump displays contempt for US military
    President Trump’s contempt for the U.S. military, and the men and women who serve, is on display once again. An article in the Atlantic this month — which has been confirmed by Washington Post, New York Times and several other news outlets including Fox News — reports that Mr. Trump calls people who defend this nation as “losers and suckers.” While this is not new, it spotlights how unfit Mr. Trump is to be commander in chief. Mr. Trump displayed this contempt in January 2016 when he held a fundraiser for veterans, but then used the money for his campaign …

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  • Next time, maybe Jacobs should consider ‘mail-in’
    Chris Jacobs’ first vote is to give the U.S. Postal Service “25 billion” to support its operations and he doesn’t know how he voted wrong? Seriously, “I don’t know what happened” and “I must’ve hit the wrong button?” How about you figure out how to vote before you hit a button on such an important matter. Maybe they should use mail-in votes on such important matters? David Scarcello Buffalo
  • Jacobs is ignoring real problems
    Editor: Congressman Chris Jacobs is the problem. Mr. Jacobs supports foreign interference in our elections in violation of federal law. He accepts Vladimir Putin’s word over that of U.S. intelligence agencies, putting U.S. forces in danger. When Russia put a bounty on U.S. and allied forces Mr. Jacobs does nothing, again putting U.S. forces is danger. With elections coming up, Mr. Jacobs supports voter suppression through the Postal Service cutting off funds and removal of high speed sorting machines. While the country is ravaged with a pandemic, Mr. Jacobs votes to end healthcare. Farmers and rural communities are hurting economically, …

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  • Watching Jacobs for an indication of his concern for constituents
    I am writing in response to the announcement by Chris Jacobs that he attended Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Because Washington, D.C., still has a high incidence of coronavirus infections, public gatherings are limited to 50 people and social distancing is mandated and masks strongly recommended. This event did not meet those requirements; about 1,500 attendees were seated close together for a considerable period of time, and were generally without masks. Does our Congressman plan to quarantine himself for the required 14 days upon his return to New York State? Or will he disregard the state …

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  • Jacobs makes false excuse for USPS vote
    What a sham! Rep. Chris Jacobs actually said, “I may have hit the wrong button,” referring to his “nay” vote against increased funding of the Post Office during this pandemic. In spite of the fact that all of the New York delegation, both Democrats and Republicans, supported this bill, the Trump-extremist Jacobs not only decided that a well-funded postal service wasn’t important enough for his constituents to go up against his patron’s wishes, he used the lamest of excuses for his vote: the congressional equivalent of “my dog ate my homework.” He must think his constituents are stupid. Here are …

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  • Jacobs must figure out how to fix his ‘mistake’
    What’s Chris Jacobs doing to fix his “mistake?” He’s the only New York State representative to vote “no” to support the United States Postal Service saying it was an “unfortunate mistake.” Constituents need the five removed sorting machines from main post office, William Street, Buffalo, put back. Jacobs has been mysteriously silent on this. If he’s truly a “yes”, where’s his positive action to get those machines back in place insuring timely ballot processing for the November election? Jacobs “no” mistake vote is either a lie in plain sight or gross negligence, incompetence. It’s unlikely even some of the New York State …

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  • Elect McMurray to push the correct voting button
    The people living in New York’s 27th Congressional District can’t seem to catch a break. For over a year, Chris Collins lied to us about his insider trading scandal, proclaiming his innocence and promising that he would be vindicated. Now a convicted criminal, Collins has yet to serve a day of his prison sentence. In 2020, Chris Jacobs eked out a win against Nate McMurray and went to Washington as our representative. An experienced legislator, Jacobs presumably has extensive experience with the words “yea” and “nay.” The corresponding voting buttons in the House are even colored green and red, respectively. …

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  • Candidates should only run on their enrolled party lines
    Chris Jacobs seems to have quickly learned the ropes in Washington. Unlike Brian Higgins and Tom Reed, our third Western New York House Representative claims he “pushed the wrong button” after learning there was backlash to his vote against emergency funding of the Post Office in the district. His “mistake” in first significant vote could be his congressional epitaph come November. But why is he in Washington? The June 23 special election gave Jacobs about a 5% victory of Nate McMurray. This race was unusual in the fact that the Conservative Party did not place Beth Parlato, the endorsed candidate …

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  • Jacobs isn’t working for the 27th district
    Chris Jacobs ran on a platform of supporting President Trump’s agenda without stating what that agenda is. This year, the Republicans dispensed with a platform and instead passed a resolution that states: “The Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the president’s America-First agenda.” That agenda remains at the whims of Mr. Trump. It should be clear to everyone that Mr. Jacobs is running on fealty to Mr. Trump and not on serving the constituents of New York’s 27th Congressional District. In the nearly four years that Mr. Trump has been president there has been no immigration plan …

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  • Jacobs supports Trump over people
    Editor: Forty-two days into Chris Jacobs’ six-month replacement of Chris Collins as the NY-27 Congressperson. Fifty-three days until we choose who represents us for the next two years. Jacobs’ performance during a pandemic in which 1,000 U.S. citizens per day are dying of Covid-19 (Center for Systems Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University), not in our favor. Jacobs campaigned to “give President Trump an ally” (Twitter, 6/22/2020). This he has done. Jacobs voted to allow the Justice Department to use our tax dollars to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (HR-7617), no replacement healthcare plan in place. Jacobs voted against funding …

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  • NY-27 doesn’t need a ‘distracted’ representative
    Green means yes, red means no. It’s not that hard. News travels fast, especially when infamy is at the source. Folks from all over are asking the same question we ask at the ends of our driveways: How does “the rookie congressman vote “no,” on the most consequential bill of his lifetime, by “mistake?” A bill that would rescue our struggling Post Office during a pandemic and leads up to the most important election of our lifetimes? Chris Jacobs claims he voted no by “mistake.” Who confuses a red lighted button, meaning “no,” with the green lighted button that means “yes”? Especially since …

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  • Nate McMurray, the congressman we deserve
    If there was ever a community that deserved a solid member of Congress to represent them in Washington, it is us, the people of New York’s 27th district. Our most recent former representative, Republican Chris Collins, was the “abusive husband” version of a congressman. He never cared about us. He was a very wealthy man who went to Washington to help make his family and his big donors more wealthy still. He so openly served his rich contributors that during the 2018 tax giveaway to corporations he confessed to a reporter, “My donors are basically saying: ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again.’” Collins …

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