George Santos Faces Potential Expulsion Amidst Ethics Controversy.

The George Santos controversy may soon conclude on Capitol Hill, but his legal issues are expected to persist through 2024.

As early as this week, the House is poised to vote on expelling George Santos, the indicted New York Republican congressman. A damning Ethics Committee report alleges he misused campaign funds for personal expenses, including rent, trips, luxury items, Botox treatments, and an OnlyFans subscription.

The report also accuses George Santos of deceiving donors and knowingly filing false campaign finance statements. Despite his denial and labeling the report as biased, Santos, who pleaded not guilty to federal charges, could face expulsion.

Ethics Committee Chairman Michael Guest, R-Miss., introduced a resolution before Thanksgiving to expel Santos, with a potential vote later this week. Guest emphasized the unprecedented nature of Santos’ conduct and expressed belief in expulsion as an appropriate remedy.

Earlier this month, George Santos survived an attempt by fellow New York Republicans to oust him. However, following the ethics report’s release on Nov. 16, some who initially argued for due process are now inclined to vote for expulsion.

Santos, ruling out resignation, plans to stand for expulsion despite acknowledging the unfavorable odds. If expelled, a special election for his Long Island-based seat would be triggered—a competitive district Biden won in 2020. The Cook Political Report rates it as “Lean Democrat.”

Beyond the electoral implications, Santos’ expulsion would reduce the Republican advantage to 220-213, limiting Speaker Mike Johnson’s legislative maneuverability. There’s also speculation about former Speaker Kevin McCarthy resigning, though he denies such rumors.

Santos’ time in Washington has been marked by drama, and this week is no exception. Progressive group MoveOn Political Action plans to greet lawmakers with a 15-foot inflatable depiction of Santos, demanding his resignation on Tuesday morning.

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