Santos Files Paperwork Amid Controversies
Embattled Congressman George Santos filed paperwork with federal regulators on Tuesday, formally declaring his candidacy for the 2024 elections. This move comes amidst a series of investigations into the Republican Representative from Long Island, with allegations ranging from lying about his resume to potential campaign finance violations.
Fundraising Allowed Despite Uncertain Reelection Bid
While the formal declaration does not guarantee Santos will pursue reelection, it allows him to raise funds for a potential campaign. Notably, the congressman stated that he does not anticipate using his personal funds for the reelection bid.
Facing Federal and Local Investigations
Santos faces both federal and local investigations, including a House Ethics Committee probe into possible unlawful activity during his 2022 campaign. The committee has intensified its efforts by requesting further details from a former prospective staffer about allegations against Santos.
Public Opinion Against Santos
The freshman congressman has faced criticism from both Republicans and Democrats, with 78% of voters in New York’s Third District believing he should resign. Even the Nassau County Republican Committee and the New York state Republican party have called for Santos’ resignation.
Resisting Calls to Resign
Despite multiple allegations against him, such as involvement in a Ponzi scheme, fraudulent financial practices, and sexual misconduct, Santos has resisted calls to step down. He did, however, remove himself from House committee assignments in January, citing the controversies as a distraction from his work in Congress.
Uncertain Future for Santos’ Reelection
As investigations continue and public opinion seems to be against him, it remains uncertain whether Rep. George Santos will ultimately run for reelection in 2024.