Western New York Congressman Chris Collins is suspending his campaign for re-election. 

The announcement comes several days after federal prosecutors charged the Republican with crimes related to insider trading. Wednesday, after his court appearance, Collins flew to Buffalo where he vowed to clear his name and continue running, during a brief press conference.

However, he found tepid support from local Republicans at best. While the party did not call for him to stop campaigning, leaders openly questioned how effective he could be while navigating his legal troubles.

“Democrats are laser focused on taking back the House, electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump. They would like nothing more than to elect an ‘Impeach Trump’ Democrat in this District, which is something that neither our country or my party can afford,” Collins said. “After extensive discussions with my family and my friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Trump’s agenda for me to suspend my campaign for re-election to Congress.”

Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy said he believed there would be a mechanism to remove Collins from the ballot if he decided to stop his campaign. The congressman said he will serve out his term and continue to fight the charges.