NY Democrats Nominate Suozzi For Vacant Santos Seat

Former Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) has been selected by New York Democrats as their candidate in the upcoming special election to fill the seat left vacant by recently expelled former Rep. George Santos (R-NY).

“I will work day and night with both parties to deliver for the people to make living here more affordable, safer, and better,” Suozzi stated. “I delivered for this district before, and I will do it again by putting you ahead of partisanship. Let’s reject the nonsense and get back to work.”

Suozzi has a lengthy political resume, having served as mayor of Glen Cove, Nassau County’s executive, and in the House from 2017 through January of this year. Democratic officials have begun campaigning on his behalf, issuing a statement providing, “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.”

Choosing Suozzi aligns with Democrats’ broader strategy to regain ground lost to Republicans in New York, especially in the House. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) emphasized the significance of the special election for the party: “The most important responsibility we have here in New York state, and I say this as the leader of the Democratic Party in New York, our responsibility is to take back the House of Representatives from the Santos-type Republican Party and to make sure Hakeem Jeffries is the speaker.”

Republicans have not yet announced their candidate for the special election. Reports indicate potential GOP nominees include retired police detective Mike Sapraicone, Air Force veteran Kellen Curry and Nassau County legislator Mazi Pilip.

The upcoming special election holds significant implications for the balance of power in the House. In addition to the loss of Santos to expulsion this month, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), recently ousted as speaker by his own party, announced this week that he is resigning and leaving office by the end of the month. If Democrats pick up the former Santos seat in the red-leaning Long Island district, the GOP will be operating on a razor-thin majority leading into next November’s elections.

With the special election slated for February 13, New York’s Third Congressional District will hold center stage on the political scene as a precursor for the coming national elections.