New York Republican Congressman Chris Jacobs suddenly dropped his re-election bid just days after endorsing a national ban on semi-automatic firearms.
“”I can’t in good conscience sit back and say I didn’t try to do something. I want to be completely transparent of where I am in Congress. If an assault weapons ban bill came to the floor that would ban something like an AR-15, I would vote for it,” Jacobs said in a May 27 speech.
But while the surrender played well in Washington, actual voters were not happy.
Outraged residents quickly made clear they would not support Jacobs, and within days he dropped plans for re-election.
“We have a problem in our country in terms of both our major parties. If you stray from a party position, you are annihilated,” said Jacobs, announcing a week later his sudden retirement from Congress.
“For the Republicans, it became pretty apparent to me over the last week that that issue is gun control. Any gun control,” Jacobs moaned.
“The last thing we need is an incredibly negative, half truth-filled media attack, funded by millions of dollars by special interest money coming into our community, around this issue of guns, gun violence, and gun control,” Jacobs complained of plans to accurately quote his record.
Previously New York secretary of state and a state senator, Jacobs had been endorsed by the National Rifle Association in 2020.
He was running in a heavily Republican district centered in suburban Buffalo, where a self-described “socialist” murdered 10 black residents in a supermarket.
He voted to create the “January 6 Committee” to investigate former President Donald Trump’s alleged involvement in the Capitol riots and was reportedly a member of the moderate “Republican Governance Group” and “Republican Main Street Partnership.”
“Carl Paladino, the party’s gubernatorial nominee against then-Democratic state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in 2010, also threw his hat in the ring for the congressional seat on Friday — with the support of House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik,” Insider.com reports.
Voters will pick a new Republican nominee in an Aug. 23 primary election.