Repub­li­cans hit more road­blocks in hold­ing vul­ner­a­ble San­tos seat

House Repub­li­cans are hit­ting sev­er­al road­blocks in hold­ing down for­mer New York Repub­li­can Rep. George San­tos’s seat in 2024, with the lat­est issue com­ing from the can­di­dates look­ing to replace him.
Phillip Sean Gril­lo, a man from Queens, New York, was found guilty Wednes­day on charges stem­ming from the riots at the Unit­ed States Capi­tol on Jan. 6, 2021, includ­ing felonies and mis­de­meanors for obstruc­tion of a fed­er­al pro­ceed­ing and dis­or­der­ly con­duct, among oth­ers.
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This is the lat­est in a string of obsta­cles for the GOP as they faced an even nar­row­er major­i­ty due to the his­toric expul­sion of San­tos last week. The embat­tled New York Repub­li­can con­tin­u­al­ly made the news for his antics, legal woes, lies, and inter­ac­tions with the media since his first week in Con­gress. New York Repub­li­cans, who sought San­tos’s removal for months, took a vic­to­ry lap after San­tos’s expul­sion, con­fi­dent that the par­ty could replace the for­mer fresh­man with “a good con­ser­v­a­tive Repub­li­can.”
How­ev­er, that might be eas­i­er said than done. The spe­cial elec­tion to fill San­tos’s seat is on Feb. 13, 2024, and 19 peo­ple have declared their can­di­da­cy for the Long Island seat, includ­ing Gril­lo, who was arrest­ed by the FBI on Feb. 23, 2021, on the Jan. 6 charges. He said dur­ing his tri­al that he did­n’t know that Con­gress met inside the Capi­tol, but admit­ted that he is run­ning for the …