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Republican Party selects former Israeli soldier to replace George Santos

Republican Party selects former Israeli soldier to replace George Santos

The Republican Party has selected Mazi Melissa Pillip, a former Israeli army paratrooper, to run for the seat left vacant after George Santos was expelled from the House of Representatives in a special election in New York’s 3rd District, which will be held on February 13. Elected in 2021 to the legislature of Nassau County, on Long Island, this naturalized Ethiopian of Jewish faith will face Israeli and then-American former New York Democratic representative Tom Suozzi, who gave up the seat Santos won in 2022 to run unsuccessfully for governor in New York, which It was held by Democrat Kathy Hochul.

“Mazie’s incredible life stands in stark contrast to that of politician Tom Suozzi,” Richard Hudson, a North Carolina Republican and chairman of the House GOP Elections Committee, said Thursday. “With Mazie in Congress, Long Islanders will have a representative who opposes Hochul Suze’s extremist agenda, which is making New York less safe and more expensive.”

Belp He already said That his family was evacuated to Israel from Ethiopia in 1991 as part of Operation Solomon, a 36-hour secret airlift intended to transport approximately 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel. She served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces and immigrated to the United States in 2005. Republican officials supposedly verified these facts before selecting her as their nominee.

Pilip, 44, is a mother of seven children, including twins born two days before her election in 2021.

(AP photo)

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