(GoRealNewsNow.com) – Rep. George Santos, the Long Island Republican who deceived voters by significantly exaggerating his resume, informed The New York Post on Monday that he intends to run for re-election in 2024.
“It’s a beautiful day here in Washington, DC. It’s a great day to be an American. It’s a great day to be a Republican, and it’s a great day to announce re-election,” the 34-year-old congressman told a Post photographer while walking near the US Capitol with an aide.
Santos laughed after making his announcement, ensuring that only the photographer and aide were present to avoid using his office for political activity.
The controversial representative is announcing his campaign about 17 months before the next congressional election. According to a source close to Santos, he believes he can raise between $500,000 and $750,000 during this time.
Santos could use the funds, as he refunded individual donors $8,353 between January 1 and March 31, more than the $5,333 he received, as reported by campaign finance records and CBS. His campaign account currently holds $25,096.
Members of both parties have urged Santos to resign after he admitted to lying about being Jewish, working for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, and attending and graduating from Baruch College, where he falsely claimed to be a volleyball star.
Furthermore, Santos lied about his grandparents fleeing the Holocaust, falsely stated that his mother was killed in the 9/11 attacks, and used the fake name Anthony Devolder for years.
Videos have also surfaced of the openly gay congressman performing in drag in Brazil, where Santos faced check fraud accusations in a 2008 case, which he recently resolved through a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The House Ethics Committee is investigating Santos for alleged illegal campaign activity, violations of federal conflict-of-interest laws, and sexual misconduct against a former staffer. Federal prosecutors and the Federal Election Commission are examining $700,000 in personal loans that Santos provided to his 2022 campaign, along with his alleged pattern of falsifying campaign expenses.
Prosecutors in Albany and Nassau County are also investigating the congressman’s numerous fabrications after he turned New York’s North Shore 3rd Congressional District Republican.
Santos voluntarily relinquished his committee assignments in January amid the uproar over his lies. A poll conducted at that time in his district, which includes a portion of Queens, revealed that 78% of voters believed he should resign.
Despite the controversy, GOP House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has not called for Santos’ removal, opting to wait for the investigation results.
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