George Santos is off his committees, but his influence continues to be felt in other ways around the Capitol. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. said at a Semafor event on e-commerce yesterday that she had started identifying herself as a “Jew” rather than “Jew-ish” to prevent confusion.
Kadia Goba has the latest on the pressure campaign against Santos, who says his decision to “recuse” from his committee work was voluntary, and the Republicans who are celebrating the news. And I have some thoughts from Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill. on the free trade wing of the GOP (it still exists) from our Semafor event yesterday.
PLUS: Benjy Sarlin does some One Good Texting with the Washington Post’s Philip Bump on future Gen Z-Boomer mud wrestling.
Before we get to the newsletter, though, an apology. Yesterday, we accidentally referred to North Dakota’s Republican Senator Kevin Cramer as representing South Dakota. We wish this were the first time, but we made a similar mistake once before.
To clear up the confusion, we asked Cramer to help us distinguish between the two states. “South Dakota destroyed a perfectly good mountain by carving faces on it. North Dakota has oil,” Cramer replied.
Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D. also offered us some advice: “South Dakotans run about 10 IQ points higher than North Dakotans,” he said. He added, however, that “Kevin Cramer is one of the smarter North Dakotans.”
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