(RepublicanNews.org) – New York Democrats have picked former U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi to stand in the special election replacing expelled Republican George Santos in Congress.
Suozzi, 61, previously represented the district for six years and ran for governor last year. The special election for the Third Congressional District of New York seat is scheduled for February 13th following Santos’ expulsion.
Nassau County and Queens County Democratic Committees expressed their anticipation to cooperate with the Suozzi Campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to reinstate integrity, competence, and a focus on the community’s genuine needs.
Leaders from Nassau County and Queens County gathered and voted for Suozzi, who had been widely expected as the Democratic nominee. Suozzi, known for advocating for the district, left Congress to run for governor.
The Republicans are yet to announce their nominee for the special election.
The election is poised to be quite competitive, considering Santos’ previous representation in a district won by President Joe Biden. Republicans plan to select their nominee soon and are meticulously examining potential candidates to avoid a situation similar to Santos’ background revelations post-election. Santos lied about everything from his allegedly Jewish heritage to his alleged college degrees.
Other possible Republican candidates include retired New York police detective Mike Sapraicone and legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip of Nassau County. Sapraicone seems inclined towards the Democratic party. He contributed more than $39,000 to Tom Suozzi since 2017, with a hefty sum of $27,500 donated solely to Suozzi’s 2022 gubernatorial campaign.
But during his tenure as an NYPD detective, Sapraicone faced allegations of pressuring a fabricated confession and disregarding evidence, resulting in a wrongful two-decade-long imprisonment of an individual. The city resolved a federal civil rights lawsuit related to this case, agreeing to a settlement of $3.3 million.
Suozzi, after a meeting with Governor Kathy Hochul, promised to uphold abortion rights and run a campaign that strengthens rather than weakens the Democratic Party’s image. He also expressed regret for the negativity in his primary campaign against Hochul and received her endorsement for his congressional run.
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