Republican Chris Jacobs will not be seeking election in the newly-formed 23rd District.
Jacobs currently represents the 27th District, and has been jockeying along with other current and prospective candidates for position in upcoming primary elections.
“If you stray from a party position, you are annihilated. For the Republicans, it became pretty apparent to me over the last week that issue is gun control … any gun control,” Jacobs said.
He came under fire last week after calling for some measure of gun control following a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
New York’s Conservative party Chairman Gerard Kassar issued a statement after his announcement.
“The New York State Conservative Party thanks Congressman Chris Jacobs for his long service to the people of New York State. We were perplexed, however, by his recent stance on Second Amendment rights, a position well outside the mainstream of the Republican Party, the Conservative Party, and the voters of NY-23,” he said. “We agree that it’s the best interest of all three — and of Congressman Jacobs himself — that he forgoes a run for reelection and returns to civilian life. We wish him only the best in his future endeavors.”
Jacobs was elected in 2020.
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