Hochul has to clarify after baffling statement about ‘filling’ Santos’ seat concerns critics

New York Governor Kathy Hochul backtracked after suggesting she would bypass the democratic process by hand-picking a replacement to fill the seat of former Republican Rep. George Santos who was expelled from the House of Representatives on Friday.

As Democrats and their media allies celebrated the ouster of the embattled congressman who was ultimately done in by members of his own party, Hochul said the quiet part out loud about the big win of shaving down the already razor-thin GOP majority in the lower chamber.

“I am prepared to undertake the solemn responsibility of filling the vacancy in New York’s 3rd District. The people of Long Island deserve nothing less,” she wrote on X, previously known as Twitter, seeming to dispense with the formalities of holding a special election that might have been won by Republicans.

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Hochul’s dictatorial whims were quickly called out by the platform’s community notes which pointed out: “House Representatives must be elected by the people of the district they represent. The Governor in the State of New York cannot appoint a replacement member. The Governor can call a special election to fill the vacancy.”

Responding to a request from Fox News Digital, a representative from the governor’s office clarified that “she intends to hold a special election.”

Hochul’s announcement that she would personally choose a replacement for Santos remains up on X as of early Saturday morning where it has received over 2 million views and drawn feedback from users who slammed the despotic Democrat.

Hochul’s brazen authoritarianism likely has millions of New Yorkers nostalgic for the good old days of COVID strongman Andrew Cuomo.

Chris Donaldson

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