Rep. George Santos (R-NY) filed paperwork for a re-election bid on Tuesday, signaling the controversial Republican will fight for another term in office as he faces an ethics investigation and calls to resign from within his own party.
Santos has already raised more than $5,000, meaning he had to file for re-election with the Federal Election Commission by the deadline on Tuesday, but the filing does not mean Santos must run in 2024. The freshman congressman has been embroiled in scandals even before being sworn into office in early January.
The House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into Santos earlier this month after he made numerous false statements about his past and allegedly engaged in unlawful activity during his 2022 campaign. Santos allegedly “failed to properly disclose required information on statements filed with the House; violated federal conflict of interest laws in connection with his role in a firm providing fiduciary services; and/or engaged in sexual misconduct towards an individual seeking employment in his congressional office,” according to a statement from the House Ethics Committee chairman and ranking member.
Santos has admitted to lying to voters about his resume, including where he attended college and that he worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. The Republican congressman also claimed that he started an animal charity and saved thousands of dogs and cats between 2013 and 2018, but there is no evidence the charity existed.
The Nassau County Republican Party, which represents most of Santos’ district, has pledged it would not support a re-election campaign by the congressman, Bloomberg reported.
“Whether or not George Santos indicates he will run for reelection has no bearing on the position of the Nassau County Republican Committee,” said Nassau County Republican Chairman Joseph Cairo Jr. “He will not receive the Nassau GOP’s endorsement for reelection in 2024. If he decides to run, we will oppose and beat him. He has no place in public service and I again call on him to do the very first honorable thing in his Congressional career — resign!”
Last month, after indicating he could step down if enough of his constituents wanted him to, Santos appeared to backtrack, tweeting, “I’m not leaving, I’m not hiding and I am NOT backing down.”