Will Allergan, marketer of Botox, snap up Congressman George Santos as a pitchman, now that he has decided not to seek re-election to his Long Island seat?
A House Ethics Committee report found that the freshman Republican allegedly stole money from his campaign, creating phony loans and engaged in fraudulent business activity.
His campaign debit card listed charges of $1,500 and $1,400 for Botox at different spas. If Santos can avoid the slammer, he is going to need a gig.
Allergan should jump at the chance to have such a high-profile celebrity politico as its public face.
The Congressman may be available well before the November 2024 election as Ethics Committee Chairman Michael Guest (R-MS) plans to issue a motion to expel Santos from Congress following the Thanksgiving recess.
Caving to China. The House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party wants to know if Apple cancelled Jon Stewart’s show because the company was afraid to offend China, its manufacturing satellite.
“The Problem with Jon Stewart” officially ended due to “creative differences” but The Hollywood Reporter noted there was tension between Apple and Stewart over future program topics, including one dealing with China.
In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, committee chairman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and ranking member Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) asked if THR was accurate “because it potentially speaks to broader concerns about the indirect Chinese Communist Party influence over the creative expression of American artists and companies on CCP-related topics.”
They noted that the popular Stewart would have no trouble in signing up with another streaming service, but “an aspiring comedian who wants to use satire to make broader points about human rights and authoritarianism would face bleaker prospects.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook was among the American CEOs who debased themselves by giving China's leader Xi Jinping a standing ovation at the San Francisco dinner on Nov. 15.
Losing Ukraine to Russia….The influential Institute for the Study of War, a DC-based nonprofit group, has warned US policymakers that the current stalemate in Ukraine is not a permanent reality.
“Ending or significantly curtailing American military support to Ukraine will enable Russia to win the war on the battlefield,” Frederick Kagan, a former professor of military history at West Point, wrote in an essay. “That would be a catastrophe not only for Ukraine, but for NATO and for the US.”
Will the Republicans abandon Ukraine and hand it over to Russia? We will soon find out.