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Where’s Chris Collins?

What do you do with a politician when he or she is hard to track down or non-responsive? Most people go to free social media sites, but one group of constituents has taken to crowdfunding to raise money for a billboard campaign. In this case, it’s Congressman Chris Collins whose face might end up on a couple of billboards around town. Collins is being criticized for being MIA and extremely elusive, and there are those who want to hold him accountable for his actions, or inactions.

In the billboard campaign, Collins is dressed in Where’s Waldo attire. The message is clear and simple – “WNY would like a word… Host a Town Hall meeting, Mr Collins.”

So far, $2605 of the $3070 goal has been met. The message on the GoFundMe campaign reads:

Chris Collins has repeatedly ignored pleas from his constituents to hold town hall meetings, and has deflected accountability. All funds raised will be used to post two billboards for one week, beginning February 13, to publicly call attention to Collins’s absence. The billboards will be in Hamburg (7 Corners) and on the inbound I-190 at Smith (near the 90). This campaign will be coordinated in conjunction with a “Missing: Chris Collins” poster campaign, and an attempt to cover his office doors in “Where are you?” post-it notes. This three-pronged approach will be shared with the media. 

The billboard will include “Paid for by Citizens Against Collins” at the bottom.

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  • EZ Liv’in

    Isn’t he headed to prison in Australia?

  • JackLewis5

    Such a coward. He needs to show his face in our district. A lot of people who voted for him are really upset about what is going on in DC right now.

    • HousingBubble2

      Pretty sure he has much bigger fish to fry right now at the white house!

      • Ron Reinhardt

        For sure, all the bottom feeders starting with Kelly Ann CONJOB.

        • HousingBubble2

          Reinhardt, figures you are a flaming liberal too. Let me ask, do you take off work when you march and protest or do you work at all !?

          • JayDBuffalo

            Says the guy sitting around commenting on the internet

          • flancrest

            The marches have been on the weekend buddy. I assume you’re writing these comments from the unemployment line since it is the middle of the workday….

          • HousingBubble2

            haha, not everyone is chained to a dead end desk job like yourself. Marches and protest are not on the weekend nationwide. Please fact check. you are unamerican.

          • JackLewis5

            American is capitalized, for the record. And anyone claiming protesting is unAmerican clearly does not know what it means to be an American.

          • flancrest

            No friend, I was born here, so I am an American. What’s truly unamerican is calling Americans with whom you disagree “unamerican.”

  • BlackRockLifer

    Chris Collins is doing a fantastic job protecting and enabling the interests of the 1%. He also has excelled at using his position in “public service” to enrich himself as well as his friends and family. Furthermore Collins has stepped up repeatedly to defend the racist, misognist, xenophobic and incompetent President.

    • HousingBubble2

      If you have a problem with him then run against him. He was a no named politician from third rate pow dunk town that managed to find great success instead of sitting around and playing the victim card like yourself. Go organize a march or a protest somewhere while everyone else is WORKING !

      • BuffaloGals

        You know, it IS okay for somebody to criticize an elected representative without personally becoming a politician and running against them. Some people are actually WORKING to pay for food and shelter and to support their families and don’t have the time or resources to mount a political campaign.

        • HousingBubble2

          then don’t criticize the mans success, he made it, you didn’t

          • BuffaloGals

            You know, it IS okay for somebody to criticize an elected representative without personally becoming a politician and running against them. Some people are actually WORKING to pay for food and shelter and to support their families and don’t have the time or resources to mount a political campaign.

            You’ll notice that’s exactly the same comment I made the first time around. Just because somebody doesn’t have the resources to be mount a political campaign (or even crazier, doesn’t want to live the life of a politician, or EVEN CRAZIER, DOESN’T THINK THEY’RE QUALIFIED TO BE A US CONGRESSMAN) doesn’t mean they can’t criticize their elected representative. What an asinine thing to say.

          • HousingBubble2

            Do you identify with Ashly Judd ?

          • BuffaloGals

            Keep asking and I’m sure somebody will answer your Ashley Judd questions some day. Persistence!

          • Christopher J Shelby

            Yes you do and if you don’t, you’re a blind fanatic. worthless.

      • JMO

        Uh – he was gerrymandered into office. Take the blinders off.

        • HousingBubble2

          please explain yourself

          • DebraRitz

            Explain what gerrymandering is or how it was used so that Chris Collins won the 27th Congressional District seat? The district was “drawn” so that it became one of the most Republican districts in the nation so that Collins would win the seat against Kathy Hochul and now it is nearly impossible to get anyone but a Republican elected to represent our district….believe me, we’ve tried. And now Mr. Collins isn’t interested in meeting with any of the folks who pay his wages because, frankly, he feels that he doesn’t have to. He’s been re-elected (easily) and has 2 years to do whatever he wants.

          • HousingBubble2

            thank you for the explanation….and I see your points, however how does that make him any different from any of the thousands of politicians in NYS that collect their salary and disappear?

          • LongGoneeee

            According to the Cook Partisan Voting Index…not some person on BRO…the 27th has a score of R+8. There are 146 Republican congressional districts with a higher score of R+9. The highest are R+32 and R+31 in Texas.

            This score indicates how much a district leans one way or the other.

            Speaking of high scores in ‘stacked’ districts there are many in NY. The 27th is in fact the most stacked for Republicans with a R+8. However it’s not close to the 15th which has a D+43 or the 13th which has a D+42. There are a total of 12 districts with a score of D+12 or higher.

            Did the 27th change? Yes. But so did the 26th. Which used to be a Republican district and now is home to a D…. I mean a Democrat. You think some of the people in Amherst or Grand Island want what people in Lackawanna or the East Side want? Get a grip. Does Brian Higgins even know where Amherst is?

            What’s the point here? You have no f’n idea as to what you’re talking about.

  • How is this guy my congressman? I am the complete opposite of his ideology.

    I wish I could run against him.

    • Slu

      Uh, unless you are not old enough, why couldn’t you run against him?

      • College. I have to finish my degree.

        • Ra Cha Cha

          Have a great semester!

        • HousingBubble2

          colleges no longer teach the socratic method. Careful, what you think you are learning may prove to be a detriment in the next few years. Safe spaces, pet therapy, and hating on hardworking successful americans was never the norm in this county.

          • BuffaloGals

            “The Theater must always be a safe and special place.” – Donald Trump, via Twitter. 11/19/16.

          • HousingBubble2

            Ashley Judd, I am not catching what you are throwing down !

          • JackLewis5

            Hilarious that you mention safe spaces, as Chris Collins is terrified to step out of his safe space and actually answer questions from the dads and moms in his community. Poor little fragile conservative billionaires…

  • Cirris

    To Be Fair to Chris Collins. Why the fuck would he listen or respond to a PAC group entitled “Citizens Against Collins??”

    I certainly wouldn’t want to respond to a comment posted by someone named “Cirris can go Fuck himself.”

    I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong. Just doesn’t seem logical to me.

    • JackLewis5

      The group said they will change their name to Citizens for Collins if Collins actually starts to do his job.

    • Bruce Beyer

      Hey Cirris, Go fuck yourself!

    • BuffaLife

      Why can’t I get a comment approved with a**hole in it, but the site allows f**k. F**k off, BuffaloRising.

  • Michael DiPasquale

    It shouldn’t have to take a billboard campaign to get Chris Collins to meet with his constituents……but I hope this works.

  • LongGoneeee

    The guy won the election less than 90 days ago with close to 70% of the vote. He does not GAF what a couple of whiny folks who didn’t vote for him and wont vote for him thinks.

    He was the first to support Trump. Long before the election….that again…he won with almost 70% of the vote. Only a moron thinks demanding a town hall to wag your finger at best or have a public freakout at worst is going to change anything. Best part is these fools want to put the billboard up outside of the 27th inside of the city.

    Elections matter. If you don’t like the 27th…move.

    • Martha Bush

      If you don’t like the outcome you certainly don’t need to move! And I’m getting a little tired of the Trumpsters saying the new protesters are “whiny” “toddlers” etc. People are waking up that we need to start at the grassroots. And Collins is as close to dirt level as we can get. He may have won the election, but he has a fired up opposition now, and he and his supporters are going to have to get used to it. Oh, and if you don’t like the heat that ‘s coming..
      move from the 27th!

      • LongGoneeee

        Sure Martha. You’re bringing the heat alright….

        By the way…not a ‘Trumpster’ as you suggest. I just understand how elections work and how billboards don’t. Great job in following the lead of Carl Paladino in how to influence people with nasty billboards. A swell bunch you ship of fools are alright.

        • bburbs

          In most peoples book, YES someone who does agree with a do nothing Congressman who happened to be the first GOP Congressman to support the Cheeto for President would be a Trumpster. The reason he won by 70 is due to gerrymandering a district into the most Republican District in the State and the fact that despite the common stereotype of New York as a bastion of left wing communist, socialist drugged out hippies, once you go at the most 10 miles South of the Thruway you might as well be in Mississippi. Yes, it is that Redneck.

        • JackLewis5

          Insulting this woman you do not know makes you the poster boy for Trumpsters. I am embarrassed for you.

          • HousingBubble2

            Do you support Ashley Judds comments? They were racist and feminist.

          • LongGoneeee

            Pulling out the sex of the person makes you pathetic. Ideas are ideas and only a sexist handicaps, in any way, a persons thoughts based on their gender. I don’t discriminate but apparently you do.

            Not only are you an idiot…you’re a sexist. A rather pathetic mix actually.

            Regardless, I don’t care if what you think, want or feel. Good luck with your town hall.

    • BuffaloGals

      You think the solution to disagreeing with an elected representative is to move out of your district?

      • LongGoneeee

        No. All for disagreeing with an elected representative but that is not what these billboards and the idiots behind them are trying to do. They think that somehow calling out Collins for being who he is and then demanding a forum to vent against him is somehow going have him change course. That’s just naive.

        I don’t have an issue with the language mind you. I think everyone should be able to say whatever they want. I am simply commenting on how stupid one must be to think that if you insult someone enough they are actually going to change. As I mentioned before, that’s the Carl Paladino playbook. These idiots are following the Paladino guide to how to win friends and influence people. Let that sink in.

        As for moving out of the 27th, yes, if you don’t like the politics of where you live you should consider moving to somewhere the fits your politics. People have been moving inside of WNY and even outside of the State because of this very reason for generations. To think you can throw a temper tantrum to force your way of thinking over almost 70% of the voters who think otherwise is also pretty stupid.

        • BuffaloGals

          Well I don’t disagree with you about the billboard method. But I can’t agree with your last paragraph…the difference between a Democrat-represented district and a Republican-represented district could be one street between West Seneca and Orchard Park. I couldn’t fault someone for political activities (though, like you said, more productive than billboards) promoting an opposition party from someone who doesn’t want to leave Orchard Park (and say, pull their kids out of their school) just because a Republican won the last election, or vice versa.

        • JackLewis5

          You are the one insulting people! All the billboards say is “WNY would like a word.” You think that is an insult but calling people morons and idiots is just fine. Honestly, do you hear yourself??

          • LongGoneeee

            The billboards don’t exist so what they will or will not say is yet to be determined.

            Do I hear myself calling you and idiot for calling someone who just won reelection a ‘coward’ because he is not dropping everything to attend a town hall meeting by a group called Citizens Against Chris Collins’. Ya. I hear myself there. I also hear myself calling people who use language like “Trumpster”, “Cheeto for President” and rural Republicans ‘rednecks’…morons.

            I also will defend their right to call me whatever they want. The only difference is I don’t need or expect anything from them. They on the other hand are foolish enough to think wagging your finger at someone is all of a sudden going to make then do what you want.

          • JackLewis5

            They do exist. They are up.

          • JackLewis5

            By the way, these people are not asking Collins to do them a favor. It is LITERALLY his job!

        • JackLewis5

          For the record: Carl Paladino is a billionaire who used his wealth to purchase billboards to harass private citizens. This billboard campaign is funding by working people donating $10 to try to hold their billionaire Congressman accountable. Collins is a public figure and it is completely legitimate to use public means to ask him to actually do his job- for once.

          • benfranklin

            If a comment starts with ‘For the record’, might be nice to follow up with some facts. Neither Paladino or Collins are billionaires.

          • JackLewis5

            Oh, my mistake- multi- millionaires.

          • benfranklin

            Well, your argument is that he is only interested in his own wealth. Overstating it by 935 million dollars might lead one to believe that you may not fully understand his motives, or just don’t have a grasp of the truth. At what point is it proper to vilify an individual for their wealth? A million, five million, ten million?

            Those extra zeroes at the end of a person’s net worth get invested in the companies that employ our family, friends, and neighbors.

            Would you hate your kids if they one day came home and said, ‘hey, thanks for putting me through college, I invented a little device, it’s saving lives and generating a profit..’.

          • JackLewis5

            Using wealth to harass private citizens is different than private citizens raising money to try to get a public figure to do their job. That is the point. Please spare me the need for millionaires snowflakes to have special safe spaces…

          • benfranklin

            Chris Collins harassed private individuals? Looks like it’s you who needs the safe space…

          • HousingBubble2

            Billionaire? I don’t think so. Multi millionaire, absolutely. you seem like a real disgruntled fellow filled with hatred for the wealthy. Why ?

    • JackLewis5

      It seems you don’t understand how representative democracies work. People didn’t vote for him to defend Trump. They voted for him so that he would defend the needs of the district. Yet he is afraid to listen to the people or answer any questions about policy. What a coward.

  • benfranklin

    He’s done quite a bit we should hate him for. Creating jobs in the community, rehabbing an old building on Main, spotting who would be the next president before 95% of the country, and earning a spot on the transition team for the new president. He’s done other things that are equally abhorrent, but I’ll leave it at this.

    “Deflected accountability” ? He’s on CNN every other day doing exactly that. Most areas would be pleased that their representative had risen, through hard work, to be a national spokesman for the President.

    Again, I realize you hate him. But don’t hate him for being ‘not accountable’, or lazy. He’s not that.

    • JackLewis5

      He has never once held a town hall meeting in his own district. All he cares about is his own fame and making millions for his already wealthy donors. Newsflash: The people in his district do not want him spending his time on cable news defending Trump. They want him Working in DC defending their rights, needs and concerns.

      • benfranklin

        You’ve stated the view from the left pretty well. I would bet in Mr. Collins top ten things I need to do for my constituents, none of them are ‘defend their rights, needs and concerns’. His thinking is more apt to be… I created jobs, if there had been less red tape in my way, I could have created more. Let me limit government, so that job producers will create jobs that will benefit my constituents.

        • HousingBubble2

          Haven’t you heard….liberals want to live off the gov’t, do nothing but protest and MARCH, MARCH, MARCH all day, every day!

    • BlackRockLifer

      How about the time he told the daughter of a prominent developer she can have a seat if “she gives him a lap dance”?, no wonder Collins and Trump are kindred spirits, they both disrespect women and lack basic decency.

  • HousingBubble2

    More left wing, liberal, extremist propaganda from BRO; hate on anyone that is hardworking, self made and successful but play the race card, woman card, transgender card, victim card every chance there is!

    • BuffaloGals

      And yet here you are. Reading and commenting every day.

    • JMO

      You apparently do not know the history of t his guy. Do you homework before you start flapping our jaws.

      • HousingBubble2

        please enlighten me instead of just making cynical comments with no facts

  • OldFirstWard

    I am no fan of Chris Collins and never have been. He does not represent my district in Buffalo. Here is a map of the very large 27th Congressional District (shaded in greenish) which he does represent. As most of you are probably unaware, he does NOT represent Buffalo, Amherst, Cheektowaga, Lackawanna, West Seneca, Niagara Falls, Grand Island, or North Tonawanda. If you don’t live there, what are you complaining about?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/586e9ec1a18842ad1a73a043dbdb2553bdc9fbce82e1c0a1fc3746017ef4928f.jpg

  • Captain Picard

    I’m not very political, but the commentary on this article stinks. So much sanctimony. So many hurt feelings. I’m embarrassed for all of us.

  • JMO

    He’s probably hiding so he doesn’t get publicly called out on his poor performance, his insider trading, and, most importantly, how he was gerrymandered into office over Kathy Hochul.

  • BlackRockLifer

    Chris Collins was on CNN this morning tell us the Republicans didn’t respond to the resignation of Michael Flynn because “It’s Valentines Day and I guess they’re having breakfast with their wives”.
    Collins also said “I think it’s just time to move on” and “We have a lot of issues to deal with . That’s how I live my life. I don’t dwell in the past”
    The Attorney General notified the Trump Administration of Flynn’s illegal activity a month ago, an attempt to cover this up failed and Trump is looking more like Nixon each day (but much dumber).
    Of course the possible treasonous activity by Flynn (and the administration) is HUGE, it’s TREMENDOUS, AMAZING, and UNBELIEVABLE. BELIEVE ME, we won’t be “moving on”.

  • Robert Manfreda

    This is a public Doc. Clarence Lions Club
    Chris Collins
    9660 Cobbesone Dr
    Clarence, NY 14031