Dec 7, 2023 - Politics & Policy

New York Democrats choose Tom Suozzi to run for George Santos' seat

Tom Suozzi on April 6, 2022, in New York City. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

New York Democrats on Thursday nominated former Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. George Santos' expulsion.

The big picture: The seat in New York's third congressional district is a top target for House Democrats, who believe Suozzi is a formidable candidate.

  • "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," chair of the state's Democratic Party Jay Jacobs and Queens County Democratic chair Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement.

State of play: The special election to fill the House seat will take place Feb. 13, 2024, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced this week.

  • Multiple candidates from both parties have announced bids for Santos' seat in 2024.
  • But nominees for the special election will be chosen by their respective local party committees.
  • It's not yet clear who Republicans will pick to challenge Suozzi.

Catch up quick: Suozzi launched a comeback bid in October, announcing he'd run to get his old seat back.

  • Suozzi beat Santos by nearly 13 points in 2020 before retiring from Congress to unsuccessfully challenge Hochul in the 2022 governor's race.
  • He represented New York's third congressional district from 2017 to 2023.

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