After the House Ethics Committee investigated New York Republican Rep. George Santos’s conduct, Santos announced that he would not seek reelection.
Federal prosecutors in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York have filed many accusations against Santos, including false statements, wire fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, and more, all in connection with his 2022 congressional campaign. After completing an independent inquiry, the House Ethics Committee produced a report verifying prosecutors’ claims. Santos announced his decision to not seek re-election in 2024 via Twitter.
According to Santos, the Committee made “considerable attempts” to discredit him and his legal team over his “claimed lack of openness” (his legal costs show otherwise).
Santos said until he can no longer do so, his “purpose will be to serve my constituents.” He said, in 2024, he won’t be running for re-election since his ‘family deserves more than to be in the public eye 24/7.’
The congressman has been asked to retire before the conclusion of his tenure by several Democrats and Republicans. Santos has been tried for expulsion from the House of Representatives thrice. Removal from the United States needs a two-thirds majority vote under the Constitution.
Santos promised to run for re-election but faced many opponents, including his Democratic predecessor, Rep. Tom Suozzi. Former Democratic state senator Anna Kaplan is also running, as is Nassau County Legislator Josh Lafazan.
Siena College conducted a poll in January and found that only 7% of respondents approved of Santos, while 83% disapproved. Seventy-one percent of Republicans were among the 78% who said he should step down.
The issues that led to Santos’ resignation from Congress pose a threat to the Republican majority in the House in the 2024 elections.
According to NRCC spokesperson Savannah Viar, the organization is optimistic it can retain NY-03 for the Republicans and plans to work closely with local Republican groups to do so.