Collins Primary Night Remarks to Supporters

Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you for coming out tonight. Tonight is the first step towards restoring the promise of America's future for our children and grandchildren.

We won tonight the old fashioned way -- talking to voters directly about the issues they care about. More jobs in America. Less Spending in Washington. Building a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.

So many people played a key role in helping us tonight. If I thanked everyone who helped, we'd be here all night. But I do want to take a moment to thank some very special people. Without them, we simply would not have won…

Mary Jo Tamburlin in Niagara County

Robin Sion and Dan Michnik in Erie County.

Joe Gazelski in Wyoming County.

Greg Torrey in Genesee County

Judy Lyons in Livingston County.

And, thank you to my Campaign Co-Chairs Jack Mills and Bill Ross. You have been a huge help and I am grateful for your support.

I also want to thank our Erie County Chairman Nick Langworthy for his support and the committee's endorsement in this campaign.

Finally, I want to thank my opponent David Bellavia for a hard-fought campaign. His service to our country can never be forgotten and tonight, we thank him for his sacrifices on behalf of our nation.

From Barber Conable to Jack Kemp to Bill Paxon and Tom Reynolds, our district has a history of strong, conservative republican leadership. I am honored to be your nominee, and in November, we will continue that record of strong Republican leadership in Washington.

America is at a tipping point. Our economy is broken. Our nation lacks a vision. And Kathy Hochul and Barack Obama are content to kick the can down the road.

Their plan is more of the same old tired solutions -- higher taxes, bigger government, massive spending and run away debt. We simply can't afford it anymore.

As some of you may know, I come from humble roots. As the second oldest of 7 children from a middle class family, I learned the value of a dollar early on.
I went to work at 16 selling shoes to have some spending money. I continued to sell shoes to pay my way through college and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from NC State. I went to work for Westinghouse Electric and was sent to Buffalo to work at the old Westinghouse factory by the Buffalo-Niagara Airport.

In 1983, as Westinghouse started the shutdown of their operations in Buffalo, I maxed out my credit cards to buy the Westinghouse Gear Division I was managing.

It took hard work, ingenuity and dedication, but we built Nuttall Gear into an amazing success story that more than 30 years later, is still manufacturing products in Niagara County and more importantly, employing hundreds of Western New York families.

Since then, I have helped turn around several financially distressed companies and make them successful again. Through our different companies in industries like manufacturing, bio-technology, and renewable energy, we've created or saved over 500 jobs right here in Western New York.

My success has resulted from the hard work of our dedicated employees. When one of my company's succeed, the employees participate in our success. When I was a co-owner of Nuttall Gear, we made the employees a partner in our company, awarding them 1/3 ownership through an employee stock ownership plan. When we sold the company, they shared in the proceeds from the sale.
Even today, when our companies make a profit, our employees share in those profits. That is something I am very proud of.

And, in an era where we see American companies shipping jobs overseas and products back home, my companies are doing the exact opposite.

We manufacture products here, employ American families at home, and sell our products overseas. In fact, I closed down a factory in Mexico and moved the jobs back here to Buffalo. That's something you don't hear about every day.
I know what it takes to create jobs, because I've been doing it for over 40 years. And I also know what won't create jobs.

What won't help us create jobs is more spending, bigger government and the failed leadership of Barack Obama and Kathy Hochul that is more focused on the next election than addressing our problems in America.

I know a thing or two about cutting government spending. As Erie County Executive, we cut the county's debt by $120 million. We held the line on spending. We brought efficiencies and smart business practices to government. We reduced the size of government by 22%.

And, as a result, we took Erie County from one of the most fiscally weak counties in New York State when we started, to one of the strongest today. We did it using smart, conservative principles sprinkled with lots of common sense. And, we can do the same thing in Washington.

But first, we have to change the leadership in our country that insists the only solution to our problems is more spending, bigger government and intruding into our lives as well as the efforts of small businesses.

Positive change begins with defeating Kathy Hochul. We aren't seeking to defeat Kathy Hochul because she is not a nice person or because we don't like her. I worked with Kathy Hochul and know she believes in public service.

Her problem is that her values are simply out of touch with our district. And don't let her fool you. She may do one thing here at home to earn votes, but her record in Washington tells a far different story.

Plain and simple, Kathy Hochul is a Barack Obama Democrat. She believes in bigger government. That's why she has protected and fought to preserve ObamaCare, which is crushing our economy and cuts over $500 billion from Medicare, decimating the Medicare Advantage program which countless numbers of seniors here in our district rely on.

When it comes to higher taxes, Kathy Hochul is a Barack Obama Democrat. She raised taxes 45% while serving on the Hamburg Town Board. And, in Washington, she supports big-tax policies like ObamaCare which impose billions of dollars in new taxes on families and small businesses.

And, when it comes to following the Constitution, we know Kathy Hochul is a Barack Obama Democrat. After all, it was only a few months ago that Kathy Hochul stood up right here in the town of Lancaster and told us that "Democrats don't look to the Constitution when passing laws like ObamaCare".
We know Barack Obama ignores the constitution, and so does Kathy Hochul.
We simply cannot afford more of the Obama-Hochul agenda. It is crushing our economy. It is strangling small businesses and it is jeopardizing the future of our country. As Ronald Regan said, "Government isn't the solution to our problems, government is the problem."

But Ronald Reagan also knew there was a brighter future in store for us. I believe the same thing.

We can have a brighter future. By getting government out of the way, and letting small businesses and American families embrace opportunity and freedom, we can restore the promise of the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.

By reducing the debt, cutting spending and making government live within its means, we can ensure that the American Dream remains a reality for families across our region, and in every one of the 105 towns throughout the eight counties of this Congressional District.

We have a long road before us. But working together, America can reclaim its past glory as the land of opportunity, providing a bright future for our children and grandchildren.
Thank you.