Embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) filed paperwork declaring his intention to run for re-election in 2024 — even as he continues to face criticism and scrutiny for fabricating large swaths of his background. Filing paperwork with the FEC is not a confirmation of a 2024 campaign, but it reflects his refusal to step down as he continues to fend off accusations of lying. Santos, who is facing a House ethics probe, most recently denied allegations that he was the mastermind behind a 2017 credit card skimming scam.
The New York Times reports:
The filing allows Mr. Santos to continue to raise money and spend it on various campaign-related expenses, including paying back the roughly $700,000 he lent to his campaign and paying any potential legal fees connected to the inquiries that he is currently facing.
The filing also offers a clear signal that Mr. Santos is leaving the door open to defending his seat in Congress, even as he has been besieged by calls to resign from his constituents, a handful of local Republican officials in his district and fellow House members, including representatives from his own party.
While Mr. Santos has admitted to fabricating parts of his résumé and biography, he has denied any criminal wrongdoing. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has maintained that Mr. Santos was duly elected, and that the House would only take action if its Ethics Committee found cause.
Rep. George Santos (R-NY) officially files paperwork for 2024 run for Congress
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