WASHINGTON — In the wake of Rep. Chris Collins’ resignation, Rep. Tom Reed told reporters Tuesday that Americans must remember the value of democracy.
Collins, who represented New York's 27th congressional district, sent a resignation letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday, a day before he pleaded guilty to insider trading charges in a Manhattan court.
“Whenever you see a member on either side of the aisle and their family go through this, it causes a response as a human being,” Reed said during his weekly media conference call. “But, justice will be served.”
Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, said he would like to remind people who may be cynical about politics that “99 percent” of the people who serve in public office are honorable men and women.
“Remember, we need good people to step forward and be in the public discussion when it comes to service,” Reed said. “Democracy is hard, but it is the best system out there and we need to look at the bigger picture in situations like these.”
A date for electing a new representative in the 27th district has not been announced.
Reed suggested that the presidential primary in April would be an effective date.
“You’ll already have a vote then, and I think it gives enough time for the campaign to play out beforehand,” Reed said. “My hope is that the people of the 27th district can move forward with expressing their voice, and carry their message in the halls of Congress once again.”
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