Today’s article is particularly aimed at the voters of New York where I expect the expulsion of George Santos from the House of Representatives to be an issue in the 2024 campaign. If the Democratic nominees are smart, they will make it one. It also illustrates just how devoid of principles the Republican House Caucus is.
On May 17th a resolution referring Santos to the House Ethic Committee passed along party lines by a vote of 221-204. Seven Democrats voted present, (I’ll get into their logic below) and 3 members simply did not vote, the lone Republican among them is an interesting case, (Also, more on that below).
Here is a dose of reality. The House Ethics Committee commenced investigating Santos on February 28, 2023 so the referral was meaningless. Unless the members were not paying any attention to what was going on around them, they were aware that had the motion to refer failed a resolution to expel Santos which had been enabled by discharge petition was to follow shortly. The reality is that it would have failed to secure the necessary two-thirds vote but it would have put members on the record. Republicans didn’t want that and their leadership can’t afford to lose Santos’ reliable vote.
First to the seven Democratic present votes. The seven in question knew the referral resolution was going to pass and didn’t want to be on record opposing it and have to explain their vote in 2024 or have a misleading ad(s) used against them.
While there are many districts that are so gerrymandered that this will not be an issue it will be in the New York somewhat purple districts currently represented by Republican freshmen Anthony D’Esposito (NY-4), Nick LaLota (NY-1), Nick Langworthy (NY-23), Mike Lawler (NY-17), Marcus Molinaro (NY-19) and Brandon Williams (NY-22) who all voted nay. It will also be an issue in New York-11 where Nicole Malliotakis did not vote and in interviews was as evasive as possible.
If your incumbent House member is a Republican, especially if they are one of the seven I cited, and you have the opportunity to question them at an event, question them on their referral of Santos vote. After their initial spin answer (they will have one prepared and it will be malarkey) press them and watch them dance.
Just don’t be fooled!
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