The candidates vying for the seat are Democrat Tom Suozzi, who is slightly ahead of his opponent, Republican Mazi Pilip, according to the results of the latest polls.
Democrats are trying to flip a Long Island Congresseional district by running a cadidate Tom Souzzi who favors the open door migration policy of the Biden adminstration.
— Winston Willow (@courdeleon02) February 10, 2024
For observers, Tuesday’s contest has national implications on Capitol Hill, as the Democrats’ goal is to regain at least five seats in the New York House of Representatives on November 5 and what will happen next. there will give an early indication of the possibilities.
In calling election day for February 13, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said that as an authority her solemn responsibility is to “call a special election to ensure that the voters of Long Island and Queens once again there is representation in Congress.”
Suozzi represented the state’s third congressional district from 2017 to 2023, but left the seat in 2022 (won by Santos) when he ran for governor of New York, but lost to Hochul.
While Philip, born in Ethiopia and immigrated to Israel as a child, he served in the army there. He was registered as a Democrat for more than a decade, but switched to Republican in 2021 and was elected as a Nassau County legislator.
The Lower House ousted Santos on Dec. 1 after a vote — the third in six months — that ended the Republican’s tumultuous rule in Washington.
The former congressman of Latin origin was shamefully removed from his position, where he had been in office for almost a year, after the devastating report of the Ethics Committee of that legislative body.
According to the panel’s report, Santos “brazenly stole from his campaign,” using official funds for trips to Atlantic City and Las Vegas, as well as Botox and other cosmetic procedures.
The 35-year-old politician survived two more ouster attempts in early 2023.
In September, he was indicted on 10 counts, including stealing the identities and financial information of his campaign contributors and repeatedly charging their credit cards without authorization.
But in May of the same year he was charged with 13 charges (23 in total) for alleged fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds and false testimony, to name a few. Almost up to the moment of his ouster, he declared himself innocent and even talked about re-election in 2024.
However, he went down in history as the sixth member of the House of Representatives to be expelled.