Republican New York Rep. George Santos filed paperwork declaring that he will run for reelection in 2024, despite reportedly telling local officials that he would not seek another term in Congress.
Santos submitted reelection forms to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Tuesday, the filing deadline for candidates seeking to run in 2024. The congressman fabricated large portions of his biography and is facing calls from fellow Republicans to resign his seat. Santos previously told local officials that he would not seek a second term in Congress, multiple outlets reported.
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FEC forms indicate that Santos will continue to use the Devolder-Santos for Congress political action committee as his chief fundraising vehicle. The FEC and House Ethics Committee are currently investigating the PAC in separate probes. The PAC’s listed treasurer on its filings is not an employee, prompting the elections agency to demand Santos correct his forms or face sanctions. The Ethics Committee is investigating whether or not Santos “engaged in unlawful activity with respect to his 2022 congressional campaign.”
Devolder-Santos for Congress reportedly listed individuals as donors who did not give money to his campaign, leading to questions about the origins of the funds. (RELATED: George Santos Promises To Step Down From Committees)
Before taking office, Santos pledged to local GOP officials that he would not run for reelection, Politico and The Daily Mail reported. Many New York Republicans, including fellow Reps. Anthony D’Esposito, Mike Lawler, and Brandon Williams, have urged Santos to resign. Santos’s seat, New York’s Third District, had been held by Democrats since 2001.
Santos’ campaign could not be reached for comment.