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Embattled NY Rep. George Santos facing longer odds of staying in Congress as lawmakers flip on him

Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News on

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It’s looking like Rep. George Santos could be toast before many Americans polish off their Thanksgiving leftovers.

The embattled Long Island lawmaker Monday was facing longer odds of remaining in Congress as support grows for a motion to expel him as soon as early next week.

More than 60 lawmakers who previously voted against expelling Santos reportedly now plan to support ousting him when a bill comes to the floor after the House returns next Tuesday from its Turkey Day break, Politico reported, citing its own count.

Nearly 40 of those who flipped against Santos in recent days are Republicans, raising to about 60 the number of GOP lawmakers who have said they will now support his expulsion, the news site said.

The others are Democrats, meaning about half of the 45 Democrats who backed Santos in his previous expulsion vote have now abandoned him.

It would take a two-thirds vote of the entire House to expel Santos.


With the 435-member House of Representatives almost evenly divided between the two parties, Santos would need to lose the votes of no more than about 80 or 90 fellow Republicans with almost all Democrats voting in favor of expulsion.

Tellingly, a handful of Republicans have publicly said they intend to vote against expelling Santos as lawmakers departed the nation’s capital last week.

The tide of opposition to allowing Santos to remain in office has dramatically risen since the release of a damning report from the House Ethics Committee last week.

The report said Santos looted campaign funds for dubious personal expenses like luxury goods, vacations and even the OnlyFans porn site.


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