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Boehner lends hand to Collins' campaign

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WBFO News by photo Mike Desmond
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House Speaker John Boehner says he needs Chris Collins in the House of Representatives and that's why he made a flying visit Saturday morning to back the Clarence business man.

Collins' congressional campaign received a big boost when the House Speaker visited the region to plug for the Republican candidate. 

A thinly marked building on Transit Road houses the Western New York Victory Center.  It's a massive phone bank to get out the message and prepare to get out the vote in 30-days.  It's part of a national effort to hold or increase Speaker Boehner's margin in the House of Representatives and he has been across the country pushing GOP candidates, leaving here for New Hampshire where both seats are said to be very close.

The speaker told a small crowd of activists he needs Collins in Washington by taking back a heavily Republican rural district now held by Representative Kathy Hochul.  Collins is running against President Obama and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on four-themes.

"We need more jobs in America with a growing economy.  We need less spending in Washington with a balanced budget. and, that means we gotta get rid of Obamacare.  We can't balance our budget as long as we have obamacare. and, we need energy independence," said Boehner.

Collins is confident that his message is striking a chord in the district.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.