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'I think it's terrific,' says Chris Collins of 26-year-old challenger

Don't expect too much acrimony in a possible Republican primary for New York's 27th congressional district seat, now held by Chris Collins.

Collins lauded Frank C. Smierciak II, the 26-year-old Lancaster man who announced last week he would challenge the three-term congressman.

"I love to hear young people getting involved in politics," said Collins, R-Clarence, during a meeting with reporters over the weekend. "Too often, that's the age and the generation where they're just not plugged in."

"I think it's terrific," said Collins.

Collins said he believes his experience and proximity to President Trump will help him win re-election.

"I have the ear of the president," Collins said. "This gentlemen also supports President Trump. So, who better than me to have the ear of the president, and his entire administration and serving on the No. 1 committee in Congress?"

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