Embattled incumbent Rep. George Santos (R-NY) introduced on Monday that he would search reelection to Congress. Santos’s announcement, posted on Twitter, got here after the New York Republican has confronted months of scandals following a collection of revelations about his previous. The revelations ranged from Santos mendacity about having Jewish heritage, to lies about his skilled background, to false claims he acquired a school diploma, to allegations that the first-term member of Congress had defrauded Amish canine breeders in 2017.
The end result has been that Santos has change into each a nationwide determine and a nationwide laughingstock seemingly in a single day. He at present faces a number of investigations from the Home Ethics Committee and regulation enforcement and doesn’t have any committee assignments at current. Santos, who described himself as a “diligent legislator” in his announcement Monday, additionally stated “good isn’t ok and I’m not shy about doing what it takes to get the job finished.”
Santos faces vital obstacles to profitable reelection. Plenty of his fellow Republicans have referred to as on him to resign, together with the chair of the Nassau County Republican Celebration and each different first-term Republican elected from the Empire State in 2022. In his most up-to-date fundraising report filed over the weekend, Santos raised simply over $5,000 within the first quarter of 2023 and has solely $25,000 readily available. He additionally owes over $715,000 in money owed to himself for loans he made to his marketing campaign in 2022.
Even earlier than Santos’s announcement, his district was thought of maybe the most probably Home seat for Democrats to select up in 2024. Joe Biden gained his district by almost 10 factors in 2020, and Santos benefited from a traditionally poor efficiency from New York Democrats in 2022. Santos misplaced his first bid for Congress in 2020 in opposition to then-incumbent Tom Suozzi. He then went to Washington, DC, to take part in former President Donald Trump’s rally on the Ellipse on January 6, 2021, and insisted that each he and Trump gained their elections at an occasion the day earlier than. Nevertheless, a failed bid for governor by Suozzi in addition to New York’s confused redistricting course of helped Santos win in 2022 on his second attempt.
In a press release, a spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee stated “George Santos’ determination to run for reelection underscores what little management the Republican Celebration has in considered one of their most weak areas, after Santos has been found blatantly mendacity to voters about his life and file. Voters on Lengthy Island are wanting to vote Santos out of workplace and as soon as once more have a consultant who appears out for his or her pursuits — not his personal.” A spokesperson for the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Santos additionally continued his legislative work on Capitol Hill on Monday. He reportedly launched the Minaj Act, named after rapper Nicki Minaj, which might “set up a growth interval for brand new vaccines to be able to generate public confidence.” (The invoice’s textual content has not but been publicly launched.) A spokesperson for Santos didn’t reply to a request for remark concerning the invoice, which appears to have been impressed by a 2021 viral tweet wherein Minaj claimed her cousin’s buddy obtained swollen testicles from a Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccines don’t trigger this, though sexually transmitted ailments can.