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Former Tea Party congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) tore into Rep. George Santos (R-NY) on CNN Tuesday, accusing him of essentially leaving his district deserted and his constituents with no one to help them because he isn't willing to resign over the mountain of scandals about his fabricated personal biography and campaign finance.
This comes as Santos has announced his plan to step back from his committee assignments until his scandals can be sorted out — a move that, Walsh said, is not adequate at all.
"Congressman, does it hurt the people in his district?" asked anchor Anderson Cooper. "If he is completely just, you know, constantly scuttling about, trying to avoid things and not on any committees. Does he actually do anything? Does he serve his constituents?"
"No, Anderson, that is a great point," said Walsh. "That is the pathetic deal here. That district, for two years, will, in essence, go without a representative. And shame on George Santos for that. Really, Anderson, shame on the entire Republican conference."
While several Republican officials in New York have called on Santos to resign, he continues to have the public confidence of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and other members of House leadership, who rely on him to maintain their narrow majority.
"Members of the New York delegation have spoken out against him," added Walsh. "He has lied about everything. The entire conference should call him out. McCarthy should call him out. They won't. I don't think he is running again. I think they cut that deal. He will try his best to be quiet for two years."
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The Donald J. Trump for President 2024, Inc. campaign has officially filed its year-end financials with the Federal Elections Commission.
The filing lists the over 40,000 individuals who have donated to the campaign, as well as detailed filings on expenses.
The filing also lists the itemized expenses for the campaign — well over 100 transactions that total more than $750,000.
Nearly 10 percent of Trump's expenses have gone to two Trump entities --- the Trump International Golf Club and his Mar-a-Lago Golf Club for facility rental and catering services.
Exactly $68,987.88 of the Trump campaign's $760,394.47 of expenditures have been spent on the Trump entities.
More than 600 days ahead of the next election, Trump remains the Republican frontrunner, but his grip on the rank-and-file has loosened during his two years in the wilderness since exiting the Oval Office.
"Mr Trump's conduct since announcing his candidacy for the 2024 Republican nomination has weakened his credibility within his party," Brookings Institution senior fellow William Galston said in a recent commentary.
The 76-year-old Trump has been unusually low-key since announcing his latest presidential run on November 15, cocooned at his Mar-a-Lago beach home in south Florida and declining to hold a single public event.
But he heads onto the stump facing simmering discontent over midterm elections that saw a series of extremist candidates he had backed rejected in crucial battleground states.
The former reality TV star also has riled establishment Republicans over a dinner he hosted in Florida with a notorious Holocaust denier and the anti-Semitic, Hitler-admiring rapper formerly known as Kanye West.
His continued election denialism and a call in December for the termination of the Constitution to reinstate him to office also sparked a chorus of opprobrium.
In Congress and around the country, some Republicans are openly suggesting the party is ready for a younger, fresher face -- someone who is less polarizing and unencumbered by the constant drip of scandal.
Two South Carolina Republicans in their 50s -- Senator Tim Scott and former governor Nikki Haley -- are believed to be eyeing potential presidential runs, and neither is expected to show up on Saturday.
Galston said while Trump still has a "narrow path" to victory in 2024, the former president was "increasingly seen as a loser -- and rightly so" after the midterms.
But the battle for the nomination could wind up a two-horse race between Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who would be unlikely to announce until after the Sunshine State's legislative session ends in May.
If DeSantis does run, he will be hoping for a more successful launch than Trump, who saw no polling bump after his November announcement.
Mounting legal woes still appear however to be the biggest roadblock for Trump, whose company was convicted on 17 counts of tax fraud and related offenses the week before he announced his run.
He is facing criminal probes in Atlanta and New York over election interference allegations and a hush money payment to a porn star.
Federal prosecutors are scrutinizing his handling of misappropriated government secrets, his role in the 2021 assault on the US Capitol and his attempts to overturn his election defeat.
He is also defending lawsuits in New York over a mid-1990s rape accusation and an alleged fraud that misled lenders, insurers and tax authorities over a period of years.
But counting out the perennial comeback kid could yet prove to be a mistake, say those who point to the success of Trump's brand as an insurgent who doesn't play by the rules.
Political scientist Jeff Broxmeyer told AFP that while the midterms had likely eroded Trump's mainstream support, his scandals had done him little harm among his base.
"Perpetual legal suits and coalition building with far-right figures are central features of Trump's appeal to Republican primary voters -- not obstacles to it," the University of Toledo professor said.
(With additional reporting from AFP)
An Ohio man in Pike County has been charged with animal cruelty after being arrested with 40 dead dogs on his property as well another 80 dogs that were hunger stricken and victims of obvious neglect and malnourishment.
Wyndan Syke has been taken into custody after the Pike County Sheriff's successfully executed a search warrant after a neighbor filed an animal cruelty complaint. In addition to the over 100 dogs, there were several dead chickens on the property, along with a live pig.
The horrific scene included a dead dog that had been beaten and tied to a tractor.
Several local and regional animal control and animal welfare entities assisted in the removal of both the dead and living animals on the properties. According to the Pike County Sheriff's Office, two of the deceased animals are currently under autopsy review.
Skye was given a $40,000 bond and a court date of Feb. 6.