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George Santos announces reelection bid

Santos has resisted calls to resign and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has not asked that he do so.

Published: April 17, 2023 5:02pm

Controversial New York Republican Rep. George Santos announced Monday that he would seek reelection in 2024, despite widespread pressure for him to resign in light of a bevy of scandals.

"Good isn’t good enough, and I’m not shy about doing what it takes to get the job done. I’m proud to announce my candidacy to run for re-election and continue to serve the people of NY-3," he said on Monday, per The Hill.

"I was elected to fulfill my campaign promises of securing our border, lowering the high cost of living, solving the disastrous SALT issue in our tax code, and fighting the Hochul crime crisis of policies empowering criminals to terrorize the people of New York," he continued. "I’ve been in office for 100 days, and through legislation and my votes, I’ve already made significant efforts to honor those promises."

News broke that he had filed for reelection in early March.

The Republican lawmaker won election to the House during the 2022 midterms, but quickly faced calls for his resignation following revelations that he had embellished his resume while on the campaign trail.

Santos admitted that he never worked for either Goldman Sachs or Citigroup as he previously claimed, but stated that he worked for a third company he said did business with both.

He has also claimed that his relatives fled Nazi Germany to escape the Holocaust, though reporting has cast doubt on that claim as well. He later became the subject of an unrelated scandal involving alleged past performances as a drag queen in Brazil.

Santos has resisted calls to resign and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has not asked that he do so.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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