March 24, 2023

OPINION: Lazy voter base, passive media led to the Republican debacle that is George Santos

OPINION: Lazy voter base, passive media led to the Republican debacle that is George Santos

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With all the ongoing theatrics with George Devolder-Santos, it may be easy to miss a few things that deserve further examination.

Often, things just happen.  You take things in stride and accept the results.

Then, sometime in the future, you look at things more closely and things just jump out at you.

Things just boggle the mind.

How the hell did you miss it?

The voters of New York’s 3rd Congressional District are broken down (as of June 2022) as 40% Democrat, 28% Republican, and 32% other or unaffiliated.

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Biden defeated Trump in this district 54% to 45%.

In November 2022, Devolder-Santos, who stated he would work to end the inflation crisis, defeated Democrat Robert Zimmerman, who stated he would defend abortion rights, stop gun violence, and protect voting rights, 54.2% to 45.8%.

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Here is where it gets good.

In 2020, Devolder-Santos lost to incumbent Tom Suozzi 55.9% to 43.5%.

Santos was able to garner 161,907 votes.

Suozzi did not run in 2022.

Instead, he tried for the governor’s mansion.

He lost in the primaries, thus allowing Zimmerman a foot in the door.

But all the falsehoods Santos spoke, or at least a great number of them, surely were in place for the two years from his losing bid until his winning bid.

With all that time, why didn’t anyone dig a bit deeper into Santos?

Follow leads, ask questions?

There were two full years to be inquisitive.

But that is not the real kick in the knees.

As indicated earlier, Devolder-Santos won 161,907 in his losing bid.

In 2022, he got 142,017–almost 20,000 less votes–and still won.

It seems that you can lie all you want, if the voter base is lethargic and seemingly not enthused, a deceitful person like George Devolder-Santos can sneak right in and cause all sorts of havoc.

That appears to be a winning strategy.

Voters should take nothing for granted.

And those who make a career out of asking questions and seeking truth need to do just that.

Don’t worry, when you are good at it, it keeps people honest.

You will hear the cries that “the media is the enemy of the people.”

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I haven’t heard that so much lately.

That is equally scary.

David Magnusson is a retired police chief with 36 ½ years of law enforcement experience having spent 30 of these years with the Miami Police Department retiring as an assistant chief. He was chief of the Havelock Police Department in the Marine Corps City of Havelock, North Carolina, home to Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. He returned to South Florida as chief of the El Portal Police Department.

He chaired the COVID and Domestic Violent Extremism Committees for the Association of Miami Dade County Chiefs of police. He teaches about Hate Crimes, Violent Extremism, and Inclusive Policing to law enforcement agencies.

A historian, Magnusson has written on military and presidential history topics. He is a diehard baseball (St. Louis Cardinals) and boxing fan. Magnusson resides in South Florida with his wife. Their children and grandchildren are never too far away.

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