Last week, Jacobs, a Republican state senator elected in 2016, announced that he is launching a primary challenge against Collins, who has not announced whether he will seek reelection. First, Collins will stand trial, scheduled for next February, on federal charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI.
Jacobs said voters of the New
Collins is accused of disseminating inside stock tips on an Australian biotechnology company to his son and another man in
Collins quickly shot back, highlighting Jacobs' support for left-leaning positions, such as abortion rights, and labeling Jacobs a "Never-Trumper."
In a campaign statement issued Tuesday, Collins leaned into the latter criticism, suggesting Jacobs would only support Trump "when it makes sense politically."
"With the radical Left laser-focused on resistance and obstruction,
Collins also pointed out he was the first member of
That year, Jacobs won the 60th
"We may not know who Jacobs voted for in 2016, but we do know he refused to support
But Jacobs has recently affirmed his support for the president, arguing that he would be a more effective ally in the House.
"I voted for the president, I support his agenda and I'm running for
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