June 14, 2024

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Embattled Congressman George Santos Throws in the Towel After Ethics Committee Finds “Pattern of Unethical and Dishonest Behavior”

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Embattled Congressman George Santos announces he will not seek reelection in 2024 following the release of a scathing Ethics Committee report that found he had engaged in "a pattern of unethical and dishonest behavior."
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Embattled New York Congressman George Santos has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2024, following the release of a scathing Ethics Committee report that found he had engaged in “a pattern of unethical and dishonest behavior.”

The report, which was the culmination of a months-long investigation, detailed a litany of allegations against Santos, including that he had:

  • Fabricated his resume
  • Lied about his education and military service
  • Engaged in financial misconduct
  • Misused campaign funds

Santos has denied all of the allegations against him, but the report found them to be credible. In a statement announcing his decision not to seek reelection, Santos said that he was “deeply disappointed” by the report but that he did not want to subject his family to further scrutiny.

“I am confident that I will be cleared of all charges against me,” Santos said. “However, I do not want to put my family through the ordeal of a reelection campaign while I am fighting for my name.”

Santos’s decision to not seek reelection is a major blow to Republicans, who had hoped to hold onto his seat in 2024. Santos’s district is currently considered to be a toss-up, and Democrats are now favored to win the seat.

The Ethics Committee report is a major embarrassment for Santos, who has been under fire since shortly after he was elected in 2022. The report is likely to further damage Santos’s reputation and make it difficult for him to find work in the future.

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