Like other indicted politicos, Collins steps aside

Published August 13, 2018

An article on NBC News about Rep. Chris Collins, who on Saturday announced he would suspend his bid for reelection after initially vowing to remain on the ballot despite facing insider trading charges, and other lawmakers who have faced criminal charges and vowed to press on with reelection, interviews James Gardner, professor of law, who said candidates in most states can seek election if they are convicted, creating little incentive to quit, especially if the seat is, like Collins’, considered a sure bet for reelection. "You expect people to do the right thing, to resign. In many cases it could, and should, be that simple," he said. "Politics isn’t simple."

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