Written by Ashton Snyder on
 March 23, 2024

Speaker Johnson May Lose Slim Majority After Santos Announces Departure From Republican Party

In an unexpected turn of events, George Santos has declared his independence from the Republican Party.

After facing expulsion from Congress and battling multiple federal charges, George Santos announced his decision to run as an Independent in New York's First Congressional District, marking a significant shift in his political career.

This move reflects Santos' growing dissatisfaction with the GOP, especially after its decision to pass a substantial funding package.

George Santos, the former Republican Congressman, has had a tumultuous journey. His decision comes after a series of controversies, including his expulsion from Congress for misusing donor funds for personal indulgences.

George Santos Criticizes the Republican Party

On the social media platform X, George Santos openly criticized the Republican Party, accusing it of betraying its voter base. He announced his plan to run as an Independent, promising to carry forward Ultra MAGA/Trump supporting values into the November ballot.

His criticism extends to the GOP's recent actions, particularly the passage of a $1.2 trillion funding package, which he views as a deviation from the party's core values.

The charges against Santos are serious and include conspiracy, wire fraud, and identity theft among others. Announced by the Department of Justice in October 2023, these charges have not deterred Santos. He pleads not guilty and remains defiant, believing his political stance aligns with the desires of New Yorkers despite the ongoing investigation.

Santos vs. LaLota: A Political Rivalry

The battle lines are drawn as George Santos decides to run as an independent, ceasing his efforts to be on the ballot as a Republican.

This decision pits him against Rep. Nick LaLota, a fellow New Yorker and Republican, who has been vocal in his criticism of Santos. LaLota has pledged to defeat Santos, describing the effort as a mission to raise standards in Congress by holding Santos accountable for his actions.

Santos, on his part, has not held back in his criticism of LaLota. He described LaLota as a "traditional meathead" and criticized his personality and popularity.

This personal animosity adds another layer to the political rivalry, making the upcoming elections in New York's First Congressional District even more contentious.

A Shift in Political Allegiances

George Santos' decision to run as an Independent signifies a profound shift in his political career and reflects broader tensions within the Republican Party.

Despite facing significant legal challenges and being one of the few members in history to be expelled from the House, Santos is undeterred. He believes his alignment with Ultra MAGA/Trump supporting values will resonate with voters, even as he distances himself from the GOP.

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