Who would you rather represent in New York’s 3rd district in Congress?
Republican Michael Sapraicone, a retired NYPD detective and US Navy veteran, announced his candidacy for the state’s third congressional district on Tuesday, July 25.
In 2022, Santos, 35, won the district, which represents parts of Nassau County and Queens, by 7 points.
“I’m running for Congress on honest public service and hard work because my neighbors in Queens and Long Island deserve the same,” Sapracone said.
“Before building a global security company from the ground up, I spent two decades serving and protecting our communities with the NYPD.
“I’m running for Congress to restore integrity and a respected voice to the office and focus on issues like public safety, border security and fiscal responsibility to get our country back on track.”
Sapraicone, a 67-year-old Queens native who runs his own security business, added that voters in the 3rd District have been “unfairly ignored” since Santos took office.
“Whether it’s helping residents get passports or making sure our communities get their fair share of funding from Washington, it’s a commitment that I’ll help them,” he said.
Sapracone, the most high-profile Republican to challenge Santos in 2024, has appeared on CNN, Fox News and the Today Show as a security expert. He also hosts “Mike Sapraicone’s Street Smart” on Long Island News Radio.
His candidacy could be good news for many Republicans in the district, who admit to feeling betrayed and embarrassed by supporting Santos, who admitted lying about much of his background ahead of the election, including where he worked and went to school.
In May 2023, Santos was charged with 13 federal criminal charges, including wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements on federal disclosure forms. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
A Siena College Poll A recent report, released in February 2023, found that a majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents believe Santos should resign from Congress.
Two other Republicans have announced their bids for the seat:
Karen CurryFormer JPMorgan Chase Vice President, U.S. Air Force Veteran
Philip Grilloa U.S. Marine Corps veteran allegedly involved in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol
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