New York Republican Representative Chris Jacobs announced Friday afternoon that he would complete the remainder of his term and not run for office in what was considered a safe neighborhood after speaking out in favor of the ‘assault weapons’ ban by Democrats.
Friday afternoon, after the recent shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, Jacobs told a group of reporters that despite the backlash he had received, the congressman believed he could be reelected, but “This would be an incredibly divisive election for both the Republican Party and the residents of the Twenty-Third Precinct.
“The last thing we need is an incredibly negative, half-truth, multimillion-dollar special interest fund-raising media attack coming into our community, around this issue of guns, gun violence and gun control,” he said. that is why he will not seek a second term.
Congressman Chris Jacobs @RepJacobs just announced he will not run for NY-23 after losing support from both Republicans and conservatives for making remarks a week ago in favor of a federal ban on assault weapons. pic.twitter.com/R0PbCT2jfL
— Ryan Whalen (@RyanWhalenCT) June 3, 2022
Jacobs’ decision comes after he spoke out in favor of a federal ban on “assault rifles” and received mountains of backlash from Republicans, party leaders, local law enforcement groups. gun defense and faced a potential primary challenger from the state’s party chairman.
Donald Trump Jr., the former president’s son, who recently started a gun rights advocacy group and has pledged to fight Democratic gun control proposals, also hammered home the ” republican”.
“‘Republican’ @RepJacobs has already given in to gun thieves whose proposals will do nothing to protect our families and children from criminals and murderers,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “He knows it, but he can’t help but get some big rave headlines from the mainstream media.”
“Republican” @RepJacobs already given in to gun thieves whose proposals will do nothing to protect our families and our children from criminals and murderers. He knows it, but he can’t help but get a few rave headlines in the mainstream media.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 30, 2022
“The New York State Conservative Party thanks Congressman Chris Jacobs for his long service to the people of New York State,” Conservative Party of New York Chairman Gerard Kassar said in a statement. shortly after Jacobs’ announcement. Kassar continued:
We were, however, perplexed by his recent stance on Second Amendment rights, a stance well outside the mainstream of the Republican Party, Conservative Party and NY 23 voters. We agree that it is in everyone’s interest the three – and of Congressman Jacobs himself – that he is giving up running for re-election and returning to civilian life. We wish him only the best in his future endeavours.
Jacobs, endorsed by the National Rifle Association in 2020, was seeking a second term. Following the court’s redrawn redistricting maps, he was the favorite to be re-elected in his congressional district. The redesigned maps added to his district of Western New York some of the more Republican areas of the state that were not previously in the district.
However, by the time he made his announcement, local gun advocacy groups had already posted his phone number on the internet for people to call and complain, and party leaders withdrew their support for him, according to New York Times. Some political analysts have also claimed that Jacobs would lose to a potential challenger simply by passing the gun restrictions.
The Time noted that the congressman announced that he supported a federal ban on “assault weapons” and did not consult with any of his advisers. “After making his remarks, he conducted a poll which suggested he may still have a path to re-election, but not an easy one.”
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