By Knowladgey Team
December 2, 2023
The House votes decisively, expelling Representative George Santos with a resounding 311-114 vote, marking a historic moment as the sixth member ousted from Congress and the third since the Civil War, further reducing the GOP's majority.
Santos' expulsion narrows the Republican majority to 221 against 213 Democrats, posing challenges for GOP legislative efforts and providing Democrats with a strategic opportunity to secure the vacant seat.
New York law mandates a special election, and Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul has 10 days to announce it. Democrats, viewing this as a prime opportunity, aim to strengthen their House representation with the upcoming vote expected in late February.
Former Democratic Representative Tom Suozzi, vacating the seat for a gubernatorial run, swiftly launches a campaign to regain the position, capitalizing on the opportunity created by Santos' expulsion.
The expulsion follows a damning House Ethics report, accusing Santos of financial mismanagement, including diverting funds for luxury shopping and engaging in transactions on OnlyFans.com. His tenure was marked by scandals, including lying about his background and facing nearly two dozen criminal charges.
As House Republicans grapple with the fallout, Democrats see the upcoming special election as a chance to fortify their position. Santos' expulsion serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing efforts needed to maintain integrity within the U.S. political landscape.