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Will parade bonafides be a campaign issue in Collins/McMurray race?

There's no rest for the politician.

For proof, witness what just happened to Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican who – for the first time in more than a decade – did not march in a Fourth of July parade this year.

Collins' Democratic opponent, Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray, took to Twitter to ask: "Did anyone see Christopher yesterday? I was all over NY27, and he was nowhere to be found? Did I miss him? Did he miss me? If so, he can find me #DebateNate."

Asked how Collins spent Independence Day, his spokeswoman, Sarah Minkel, said: “The congressman had a family commitment and will be returning this weekend for district events.”

It's the first year since 2007 that Collins didn't march in a Fourth of July parade, Minkel said.

And while Collins' absence feeds McMurray's narrative that Collins is avoiding voters, all Collins has to do to rebut it is refer voters to a tweet from May 28.

"Honored to serve as Grand Marshal of the Lewiston Memorial Day Parade," Collins said in a Twitter post replete with pictures of him marching.

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