Republicans in Western New York are still struggling with how to get indicted Rep. Chris Collins off the November ballot — and whom to nominate instead. At least one interested party would be even worse: businessman Carl Paladino.
Soon after being hit with federal insider-trading charges, Collins suspended his campaign. Though it’s a heavily Republican district, Democrats just might pick up the seat if the GOP doesn’t replace him.
But Collins apparently doesn’t want to move out of state, and the only other way to legally get him off the ballot (short of his death) is to nominate him for some other office. The Buffalo News reports that the party is close to landing Collins on the Clarence town board — if leaders can convince a sitting member to resign.
Yet all these machinations will be a net loser for Republicans if Paladino winds up as the nominee: He’s a toxic embarrassment.
The bomb-throwing Buffalo builder lost in a landslide in his 2010 run for governor. Since then, he’s been booted from the Buffalo school board over a racist rant against then-President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.
This year’s statewide GOP ticket already faces Democrats’ loud claims that Republican candidates are enablers of President Trump. They sure don’t need to also have to disavow a disgusting House candidate.