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Nate McMurray Dominates in Debate for NY-27 Special Election; Jacobs Dodges Issues and Exposes His Inability to Represent Everyday Americans in WNY


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Congressional Candidates Nate McMurray and Chris Jacobs went head to head Tuesday night in the highly anticipated debate hosted by WIVB News Channel 4. The poll results today confirmed that viewers agree that McMurray won the debate in a landslide. Tuesday evening highlighted McMurray’s strong resume and stances on the issues most pressing to Western New Yorkers and confirmed voters’ concerns that Jacobs is unfit to represent their needs in Washington after years of being deprived of real leadership in NY-27.

While Jacobs dodged any question as to whether he’d hold the current administration accountable and resorted to rehearsed, partisan rhetoric, McMurray repeatedly stated he’d stand up to anyone in Washington, from President Trump to Speaker Pelosi, in order to fight for the needs of the struggling families across Western New York and the country.  

Both Jacobs and McMurray agreed the CARES act and federal loan program for small businesses were critical to help companies stay afloat, but Jacobs claimed the unemployment figures had improved and that the economy is fundamentally strong, to which McMurray rebutted in disbelief noting greater Buffalo has one of the worst job markets in the country.

McMurray condemned Trump’s tax cuts citing the wealthiest Americans and corporations, like the Jacobs’ family and their multibillion dollar empire, are the ones who have received the majority of benefits. “The people at the top have already benefited from a tax cut that 83% of the benefits went to 1% of the people. That’s wrong. He doesn’t understand what average people are going through. That’s why he thinks the economy is good.  But for most people in Western New York, it ain’t so good.  You [Jacobs] have been a State Senator for years, what have you done to improve things?”, said McMurray. 
 Take a look at some of the highlights of Tuesday’s debate here.
Nate McMurray is a native of North Tonawanda. He ran for Congress in NY-27 in 2018 and lost by less than 1% of the vote. Nate is a family man, an Eagle Scout, and one of seven children raised by a single mother when his father died of cancer at the age of 39. Nate worked his way through community college, earned a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Buffalo, and then earned a law degree from California’s prestigious Hastings College of Law. The US government awarded Nate a Fulbright Scholarship to study the development of constitutional democracy in South Korea. His academic successes led to positions in private law practice, where he ably represented U.S. business interests in Asia. Nate was formerly the Town Supervisor of Grand Island, a conservative community in Western New York, where he was instrumental in bringing fiscal responsibility to local government and millions of dollars in new business investment to the town.

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  1. Funny, I watched the debate and I saw McMurray continually shouting over Jacobs’ answers forcing the moderator to caution him, making accusations and attacking Jacobs’ record without providing specifics, not talking much about his own plans, loosing his temper and ‘cool’ and using calm logic by basically saying that Jacobs would be crooked because his name is Chris and the two previous (removed) Republicans in the office were named Chris…McMurray really lost it. All the while, Jacob’s answered calmly and without resorting to shouting or trying to talk over his opponent. I don’t know what debate McMurray’s talking about here because the in one I watched he failed miserably .