Saturday, June 22, 2024

A Pleasant Surprise? Congress To End Lying Cheat’s Career?

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The ongoing soap opera surrounding Rep. appears to be nearing some sort of conclusion.

The issued a report in which it said there was “substantial evidence” Santos broke federal law. While the Committee did not go so far as to recommend Santos' , his fellow New York Republicans are determined to use the Ethics Committee report as the basis for a second attempt to kick Santos to the curb. (RELATED: Santos Expects To Be Kicked Out Of Congress)

For his part, Santos says he will not seek reelection in 2024. That's big of him, considering his chances of running a credible race, even for the GOP nomination, are next to zero. But it hardly satisfies the party grandees back home:

“That's an insufficient response on his part,” Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar said of Santos' pledge to not run again. “He needs to be removed and needs to be removed immediately. There's absolutely no reason why he should be allowed to cast another vote.”

Rep. Anthony D'Esposito, a Long Island Republican who pushed for the first Santos expulsion vote, said in a statement the ethics panel's findings are “in alignment with my longheld belief that this fraudster has no place serving in the People's House” and should be expelled.

Expulsion is quite a rare thing on Capitol Hill. Only 20 members – 15 senators and five House members, have been kicked out. Most of those occurred in the run-up to the Civil War. The most recent