CHRIS COLLINS

County Executive Chris Collins has frequently made insensitive and outrageous statements unbecoming of a Congressman. Specifically, Collins “jokingly” comparing a Jewish legislator to Hitler and the anti-Christ, and suggesting that a woman give him a lap dance at a state function. Despite the fact that it would cause deep cuts in Medicare and Social Security, Collins claims that the Ryan Plan actually didn’t go far enough. As a rich businessman who has actually raised taxes as County Executive, Collins believes that the American system operates using the golden rule: “He who has the gold, makes the rule.”

Collins is Insensitive and Out of Touch
CLAIMED PEOPLE DON’T DIE FROM PROSTATE OR BREAST CANCER
Collins Said ‘People Don’t Die From Prostate Or Breast Cancer.’ According to the Batavian, “Collins also argued that modern healthcare is expensive for a reason. ‘People now don’t die from prostate cancer, breast cancer and some of the other things,’ Collins said. ‘The fact of the matter is, our healthcare today is so much better, we’re living so much longer, because of innovations in drug development, surgical procedures, stents, implantable cardiac defibrillators, neural stimulators -- they didn’t exist 10 years ago. The increase in cost is not because doctors are making a lot more money. It’s what you can get for healthcare, extending your life and curing diseases.’” [The Batavian, 6/24/12] • Batavian: Collins Misspoke. According to the Batavian, “On its face, the opening part of the quote from Collins sounds outrageous, but in context, clearly, Collins misspoke. More likely, he meant to say. ‘Fewer people die from prostate cancer, breast cancer and some of the other things.’ That’s not what he said (I taped the interview and the original quote as published is accurate), but the rest of the quote clearly explains the larger point he is trying to make, which is that medical advances have driven up the cost of healthcare.”[The Batavian, 7/3/12]

JOKINGLY COMPARED JEWISH LEGISLATOR TO ANTICHRIST/HITLER
Collins Called Jewish Democrat The Third Anti-Christ In Poor Attempt At A Joke. According to the Associated Press, “New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver isn’t commenting on a

Republican who said the orthodox Jewish lawmaker might be an anti-Christ. Erie County Executive Chris Collins, who’s considering a run for governor, says he made the ‘poor joke’ at a Republican dinner in Buffalo. He soon after issued an apology to Silver, the powerful Democrat from Manhattan, and called him directly. The New York Daily News first reported the remark. Collins was reportedly joking about the astrologer Nostradamus’ prediction the world would be visited by three anti-Christs. Collins said many believe the first were Napoleon and Adolf Hitler, and he was pretty sure the third is Silver. Collins says Monday he was referring to Albany’s notorious three-men-in-aroom negotiations among governors and legislative leaders.” [Associated Press, 10/26/09]

MADE SEXIST JOKE TO WOMAN WHILE ATTENDING SPEECH BY GOVERNOR
2010: Collins Was Alleged To Have Said To Woman Seeking Seat At State Event, ‘I’m Sure If You Offer Someone A Lap Dance, You Can Find A Place To Sit.’ According to the New York Daily News, “After being forced to apologize to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for comparing the Orthodox Jewish Democrat to Hitler and an anti-Christ, the Erie Council executive and gubernatorial hopeful made an off-color comment to a woman at Gov. Paterson’s State-of-the State address last week, two lawmakers claim. According to the two, an Erie County woman was looking for a seat in the packed chamber when Collins said: ‘I’m sure if you offer someone a lap dance, you can find a place to sit.’ Collins spokeswoman Jessica Proud said she was with the county executive the entire day while he was in Albany and did not hear the comment. But Assemblyman Joseph Errigo said he overheard the remark and thought it was completely inappropriate and unbecoming of someone who aspires to be governor. ‘I don’t care if he knows the woman or not, it’s just inappropriate,’ said Errigo.” [New York Daily News, 1/13/10]

SAID “HE WHO HAS THE GOLD, MAKES THE RULES”
VIDEO: Collins Proclaimed: He Has The Gold, Makes The Rule. According to a YouTube video posted on June 11, 2012 Chris Collins said, “Remember the Golden Rules, he has the gold, makes the rule.” [YouTube, Accessed 7/30/12]

Said the Ryan Plan Did Not Go Far Enough
Collins Said Ryan Plan Didn’t Go Far Enough. According to the Daily News, “Collins said he favors the Tea Party push to reduce the federal government. He praised Rep. Paul Ryan, RWisconsin, for ‘starting the conversation’ about reducing entitlement programs. But Collins said Ryan doesn’t go far enough. Ryan believes the budget could be balanced in 30 years, Collins said it needs to be done in 10 years. To delay it longer isn’t fair to young Americans who will have to foot the bill.” [Daily News (Batavia, NY), 5/9/12] • Wall Street Journal: Ryan Plan Would “Essentially End Medicare.” According to Naftali Bendavid at the Wall Street Journal, “The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.” [Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11] Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: Ryan Budget Plan Would Nearly Double Out-OfPocket Costs for Seniors. The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported that “The

Ryan budget plan would cut federal spending on Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor, and begin distributing money by block grant to states. The plan would do away with Medicare's direct payment for health care for seniors, replacing it with a voucher system in which recipients choose private insurers. The plan would do away with Medicare's direct payment for health care for seniors, replacing it with a voucher system in which recipients choose private insurers. The Congressional Budget Office found that part of the plan, which would take effect in 2022, could nearly double out-of-pocket costs for seniors.” [Ft Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 4/16/2011] • Economic Policy Institute: Ryan Budget Would Result in Roughly 900,000 Jobs Lost in 2012 and Roughly 1.3 Million Jobs Lost in 2013. According to the Economic Policy Institute, “Using a standard macroeconomic model that is consistent with that used by private- and public-sector forecasters, we estimate that the shock to aggregate demand from near-term NSD spending cuts would result in roughly 900,000 jobs lost in 2012 and roughly 1.3 million jobs lost in 2013. Cumulatively, cuts of this magnitude would result in a loss of 2.2 million jobs over the next two years, or 3.1 million full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs. [Economic Policy Institute, 4/13/11] Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Two-Thirds of the Ryan Plan’s Cuts Come from Programs Helping the Poor and Middle Class. In April 2011, Robert Greenstein, President of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said that nearly two-thirds – about $2.9 trillion of the Ryan Plan’s $4.5 trillion in budget cuts over ten years comes from programs aiding the poor or disadvantaged. The $2.17 trillion of these cuts come from Medicaid and repeal of the expansion of Medicaid under the 2011 health care reform law. The remainder of the $2.9 trillion would come from non-health related services to the poor, such as Pell Grants, food stamps, and low-income housing programs. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Press Release, 4/20/11, 4/20/11] New York Times Editorial: Ryan Plan Would End Medicare’s Guaranteed Benefit. The House Republican budget would mean that “older Americans no longer have a guarantee that Medicare will pay for their health needs. […] He would still offer the elderly a fixed amount of money to shop for their own health insurance, but allow the option of enrolling in traditional Medicare.” [New York Times Editorial, 3/20/12]

Raised Taxes in His First Budget as County Executive
Collins Proposed A Tax Increase In His First Budget As A County Executive; Promised Pain For Everyone. According to the Buffalo News, “Erie County Executive Chris Collins rolled out his first budget Friday and said he needs about 8 percent more in property tax revenue to balance next year’s books. But he cautioned that the tax bill for a home that has not been reassessed will rise only 3.6 percent. If the Legislature approves, the average tax rate will go to $5.12 from $4.94 per $1,000 of assessed value, a rate that Collins said he intends to keep through 2012. ‘I expect that the public will realize that this is a small price to pay to have a balanced budget in these economic times,’ said Collins, who has raised property taxes to compensate for the flat-lining sales tax income and state aid he forecast for next year. ‘Everyone has pain in this budget,’ Collins said, explaining he’s asking cultural groups to accept 5 percent less in county support and will cut almost 200 jobs, though some will be replaced with part-time posts.” [Buffalo News, 10/11/08] Collins Said Public Would See That The Tax Raise Was A ‘Small Price To Pay’ For A Balanced Budget. According to the Buffalo News, “‘I expect that the public will realize that this is

a small price to pay to have a balanced budget in these economic times,’ said Collins, who has raised property taxes to compensate for the flat-lining sales tax income and state aid he forecast for next year. ‘Everyone has pain in this budget.’” [Buffalo News, 10/11/08]

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