House Democrats file resolution to expel Rep. Santos from Congress
A group of House Democrats Thursday filed a resolution calling for Rep. George Santos' expulsion.
It is the first legislative effort to remove the freshman Republican legislator - coming just days after Santos' constituents went to Capitol Hill demanding him to step down.
Fellow Long Island Rep. Anthony D'Esposito has been calling for Santos' resignation since the scandal broke. He says he'd vote "yes" on a measure to have him expelled.
"If a bill comes to the floor and it is specific and all about removing George Santos from office, I would vote in favor of it," D'Esposito says.
New York State and Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs is urging House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to allow a floor vote on a bill to expel Santos from Congress.
In a statement, Jacobs says, "If McCarthy blocks this measure from being considered, then every GOP representative from New York who has called on Santos to resign has an obligation to make a motion to vacate the chair."
Another Long Island Rep. Nick LaLota has also said he would vote in favor of a resolution to have Santos expelled from the House.
Rep. Andrew Garbarino would not comment because he is on the Ethics Committee. The committee is investigating Santos.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has been hesitant to take action against Santos.
Political analyst Mike Dawidziak says it is not likely that the resolution will even come up for a vote.
"You would like to think something like that could be voted in the merits, but in this very closely divided house and this hyper partisan political atmosphere, it seems very unlikely," Dawidziak says.
News 12 reached out to Santos' spokesperson for a comment but did not hear back. The freshman congressman has repeatedly said he will not resign.