Santos expelled from Congress; the race is on for a replacement

According to CNN, Governor Kathy Hochul said, “I’m glad he’s gone.”

“When you look at his lack of ethics and the fact that, you know, he has not served the people of our state, particularly New York 3 where he resides, it’s been an abysmal run for him,” Hochul said Friday.

“And he has not done what he has to do for New Yorkers,” she added. “And I’m glad he’s gone because I need people I can work with to fight for New York, to bring federal money to our state, to create jobs and opportunities.”

“And George Santos just took up space,” the governor said.

From NBC: GOP Rep. George Santos’ expulsion from the House is set to kick off a competitive New York special election in territory where Democrats won comfortably in 2020 but Republicans have made a series of recent gains.

Democratic and Republican campaign strategists are expecting a hard-fought and expensive race for New York’s 3rd District, which is based on Long Island. Santos was one of 18 Republicans representing a district Joe Biden won in 2020, and Democrats are hoping to flip multiple House seats in New York next year as they try to take control of the chamber. 

The candidates who will compete to replace Santos won’t have much time to make their cases to voters. Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul has 10 days to declare a special election, which must occur between 70 and 80 days after that proclamation.

Per CNN: Wasting no time, the House Democratic super PAC announced plans to spend big to pick up GOP Rep. George Santos’ seat. 

“House Majority PAC plans to play a significant role in the NY-03 special election, and we will do whatever it takes to flip this district blue,” House Majority PAC President Mike Smith said.

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