Former Rep. Tom Suozzi has been nominated by Democrats as their candidate in the special election to replace expelled Rep. George Santos (R-NY).
Suozzi previously represented New York’s 3rd district for three terms before leaving Congress last year to make an unsuccessful run for governor.
“Tom Suozzi has a proven record of fighting for his constituents, fighting to safeguard our suburban way of life here on Long Island and Queens and always advocating for sensible solutions to the real challenges affecting everyday average Americans,” Nassau County Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs and Rep. Gregory Meeks, the Queens County Democratic chairman, said in a joint statement, according to NBC News.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul called a special election for Feb. 13, 2024 to replace Santos who was expelled from Congress over federal criminal charges and accusations of misusing campaign cash. The former congressman also lied about his personal and professional background.
It is not clear who Republicans will nominate to challenge Suozzi, but according to NBC, the party is working with a firm to conduct research on potential candidates to prevent a similar situation the GOP faced with Santos.