Embattled Rep. George Santos (R-NY) dismayed many when it was revealed that he intends to run for reelection in 2024 despite widespread calls for his removal from Congress.
Santos on Tuesday filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission signaling his intent to seek reelection. The freshman congressman has withstood loud calls for him to reject another bid and even to resign his seat.
Santos represents New York’s 3rd Congressional District on Long Island but faced intense pressure when it was revealed that he lied about several facets of his personal and professional life.
These misrepresentations included his education and work history.
Leaders on both sides of the political aisle called for him to step aside, and activists in his district are loudly vocal in their derision of the representative. There is even an investigation by the House Ethics Committee into allegations of impropriety around his 2022 campaign.
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The accusations are expansive. A letter by the committee chairman spelled out such transgressions as not correctly revealing mandatory information “on statements filed with the House.”
Santos is also being investigated for violations of “federal conflict of interest laws in connection with his role at a firm providing fiduciary services. There is another charge of being “engaged in…misconduct towards an individual seeking employment in his congressional office.”
His office responded to the ethics investigation by declaring that “Congressman George Santos is fully cooperating. There will be no further comment made at this time.”
These allegations are in addition to many falsehoods attributed to the congressman. No, he did not graduate from Baruch College in New York. He was not a volleyball star or even on the team, and his financial industry resume falls far short of his boasts prior to his election last year.
And in a bid to win support from the notable Jewish population of Nassau County, Santos suddenly discovered Hebrew ancestry. Those claims proved, to put it mildly, to be a great exaggeration.
A 2024 reelection bid for George Santos appears to be the longest of longshots. His own party colleagues are largely disgusted by the pervasive lack of honesty, and his best option is likely to pad his resume and seek employment elsewhere.