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Expelled from the US Congress, George Santos tries to get re-elected

Photo: Shawn Thew Pool via Associated Press George Santos (center) speaks with Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz on Thursday at the Capitol ahead of President Joe Biden's State of the Union address.

Associated Press in Washington

March 9, 2024

  • United States

Former U.S. Rep. George Santos, who was expelled from Congress in December and faces federal charges for defrauding donors to his 2022 campaign, has announced he will seek reelection re-elect.

The Republican is only the sixth elected official to be ousted by other members of the House.

He announced Thursday evening on he will not be expelled.

George Santos made the announcement after attending President Joe Biden's State of the Union address and mingling with former colleagues who voted to expel him from Congress following a scathing report of the Ethics Committee of the House of Representatives.

The former representative, who previously said he would no longer seek elected office, explained that he had decided to challenge Mr. LaLota in New York's 1st Congressional District, east of Long Island, after “a prayer and a conversation” with friends and family.

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“Tonight I want to announce that I will return to the political arena and challenge Nick in the battle for NY1,” he wrote.

Mr. Santos filed documents with the Federal Election Commission naming a campaign committee and declaring his intention to challenge Mr. LaLota in the Republican primary in June.

“If to finish the job you have to beat him in a primary, count me in,” replied Mr. LaLota, who led the effort to expel the ex-representative.

Democrat Tom Suozzi, who held the seat Mr. Santos won in 2022 but resigned to run unsuccessfully for governor of New York, won back the district in a special election last month.

George Santos admitted to lying about his work experience and college education during his previous campaign.

He has pleaded not guilty to the following charges: lying to Congress about his wealth, receiving unemployment benefits to which he was not entitled, and using his campaign contributions to pay for personal expenses such as designer clothes.

A judge tentatively scheduled the trial for September, after the primaries.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

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