Democrats Tap Former Congressman For Santos’ House Seat

New York Democrats are putting forth former Rep. Tom Suozzi to run in the special election next year to replace George Santos, who was expelled from his seat last week.

The special election will be held Feb. 13. New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul scheduled the election after Santos, a former Republican who represented parts of Queens and Long Island, was expelled from Congress.

With Santos out, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announcing his resignation at the end of this year, Republicans are at risk of having their already slim majority in the House reduced even more.

Suozzi will be a familiar face to voters in the New York district, as he served in the House for six years. The fact that he has name recognition is one of the main reasons why New York Democrats tapped him as their nominee.

“I delivered for this district before, and I will do it again by putting you ahead of partisanship,” Suozzi said to voters in a statement. “Let’s reject the nonsense and get back to work.”

New York has long been considered a battleground state for which political party controls the House. As such, this special election is expected to attract major national attention in the coming months.

In fact, Democrats lost the majority in the House during the 2022 midterms in large part because of the fact that the GOP was able to flip a few suburban seats in New York.

In the time since Hochul and the Democratic machine in the state have been banding together to raise money and come up with a redemption plan. The governor and Suozzi met in Albany this week before the party officially put him forward as the nominee.

A topic of that conversation, according to The Associated Press, were past ethical questions that Suozzi raised about Hochul and her husband. The two ran against each other in the Democratic gubernatorial primary last year.

Thus far, the Republican Party has not announced who will be their candidate.

Suozzi was first elected to the House in 2016 and then won re-election in 2020. He left Congress following to run for governor.