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Collins cannot be trusted to act in citizens’ interest

Rep. Chris Collins’ recent “no” vote on the short-term budget deal and the extension of the debt ceiling speaks volumes to me about where this man is coming from.

His reckless take-no-prisoners attitude, as demonstrated in his vote on these matters, should be cause for great concern and not forgotten by the voters in his district. That can be said as well for voters outside his district should Collins ever aspire for higher political office.

One should not be fooled by his misdirected post-vote statements. As the saying goes, “if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, make no mistake about it, it’s a duck.”

Collins is a duck-quacking tea partyer, albeit an in the closet one at that. This mind-set, be it from the hard political right or the left is emphatically not what we need to move our country forward.

Just imagine the tragic implications if a successful “no” vote would have prevailed at the 11th hour and the government shutdown would have continued along with America defaulting on its debt obligations.

Given what was at stake for the American people, its national security and the need to maintain worldwide economic stability, Collins and others like him would have sanctioned doing this.

If you would have called his offices prior to this vote they’d have you believing he was undecided, listening to his constituents carefully before deciding on his vote.

This is definitely not the man I would want to look out for my overall well-being and that of my fellow Americans.

Edward F. McKee

East Amherst