Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie:
“After extensive discussions with my family and my friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Trump’s agenda for me to suspend my campaign for re-election to Congress.
“I will fill out the remaining few months of my term to assure that our community maintains its vote in Congress to support President Trump’s agenda to create jobs, eliminate regulations, reduce the size of government, address immigration and lower taxes. I will also continue to fight the meritless charges brought against me and I look forward to having my good name cleared of any wrongdoing.”
We imagine that Collins tipped it to his son on the phone, who then called everyone.
UPDATE 1: (also from Tiger Beat)
OUCH!!! … OKLAHOMA REP. MARKWAYNE MULLIN (R) filed his financial disclosure form yesterday, revealing that he took a massive loss on Innate Immunotherapeutics stock — the same stock that got REP. CHRIS COLLINS (R-N.Y.) in trouble. Mullin bought between $100,000 and $250,000 of stock in January. It’s now worth between $1,000 and $15,000. Mullin also just settled an ethics case, in which he had to repay $40,000 to a company he was once affiliated with.