Indicted GOP Rep Angers Republicans By Doubling Down

Rep. Chris Collins’s (R-N.Y.) decision to remain on the ballot this fall despite his indictment on insider trading charges is drawing fire from Republicans, who believe it could put a safe seat at risk in a cycle where the GOP House majority is in jeopardy.

Even if Collins does win his Buffalo-area district, Republicans worry that having him on the ballot will tar the party as a whole, inviting accusations that the GOP is governing over a culture of corruption.

Republican lawmakers haven’t been publicly criticizing Collins for his decision Wednesday to reverse course and announce he would fight to keep his seat.

But some GOP strategists have been unsparing with their criticism.

Read more at The Hill.