Mazi Pilip registers as a Republican

Mazi Pilip registers as a Republican
Nassau County Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip (R-Great Neck). (Photo courtesy of the candidate)

Nassau County District 10 Legislator and former Republican nominee for New York’s Third Congressional District Mazi Pilip (R–Great Neck) officially registered as a Republican after keeping her Democratic Party affiliation during the special election to finish the term of ousted Rep. George Santos.

The announcement was made by Pilip in an Instagram post Monday, where she is pictured signing her party registration forms.

“It’s official – I have changed my party registration to Republican,” Pilip wrote in an Instagram post. “While I have always served as a member of the Majority in the County Legislature, I was registered in another party. I am proud to be part of and registered as a Republican.”

In the closely watched special election, Pilip lost to Democratic nominee Tom Suozzi, who secured 63% of the district’s votes. The election was in response to the expulsion of Santos from the House in December.

Pilip faced scrutiny during the special election due to having been a registered Democrat since 2012 despite representing the county’s 10th District as a Republican and running for Congress on the Republican and Conservative lines.

Also scrutinized was her voting history, which showed that after registering in 2012 she did not vote until the 2016 election with another hiatus until voting again in 2020.

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