Recently expelled Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., faces bipartisan condemnation following a House Ethics Committee report and a 23-count criminal indictment on fraud charges, resulting in his expulsion from Congress. Kellen Curry, a Republican candidate, shared his views on the expulsion and his candidacy for Santos’ seat in Long Island during an interview with Newsmax’s “National Report.”
Expressing full agreement with the expulsion, Curry emphasized the overwhelming evidence against Santos, including self-confessions. The criminal charges against Santos allege falsification of campaign filings through fake donations and unauthorized credit card charges, further contributing to the bipartisan decision for expulsion.
Curry, a decorated Afghanistan war veteran, positions himself as a trustworthy alternative for New York’s 3rd Congressional District. With a special election expected in February, this race marks the first Republican-Democrat matchup in a New York battleground for the critical 2024 contests for House control.
Discussing his campaign, Curry highlighted strong financial support, endorsements from sitting members of Congress, and his commitment to providing effective leadership. He criticized Santos for a lack of productivity and emphasized the pressing concerns of immigration and inflation for New York residents.
Immigration, framed as a national security issue under the current administration’s policies, and inflation, impacting families, stand out as primary concerns. Curry stressed his first-hand experience in the nation’s economy, positioning himself as a next-generation leader addressing issues like youth wellness in public schools and military recruitment challenges.
The Democratic pick for the special election is anticipated to be Tom Suozzi, a former representative of the 3rd Congressional District. Despite the challenges, Republicans express confidence in their chances on Long Island, holding other House seats and majorities in county legislatures.
This election holds significance as it marks a critical battleground in the broader political landscape, setting the tone for the 2024 contests.