George Santos, a Republican representing New York in Congress, declared on Monday that he will seek reelection despite being the subject of many investigations that have cast doubt on his finances and credentials. Even though many Republicans have called for his resignation, his decision caught everyone off guard.
Santos explained his choice in a statement by blaming “the left” for the poor health of the American economy. He said that the United States needs “a fighter” who is not beholden to any political party and would serve the people no matter what. Further, he claimed that “good isn’t good enough” and that he is not afraid to do whatever it takes to produce the greatest outcomes.
Santos has been in the public eye for the past several months after a bombshell report about his past was published by the New York Times. Despite the fact that Santos was inducted into the House to represent a rather liberal state, he admitted to inflating several sections of his CV, leading many to question his legitimacy.
The congressman’s finances and history have come under increased scrutiny since the crisis began. Santos is presently being looked at by a number of different groups, including the House Ethics Committee. In fact, this organization formally opened an investigation back in March.
Many prominent Republicans, including some of his former allies in New York, have called on him to step down. Some conservatives, such as Kellen Curry, a former vice president at J.P. Morgan and an Afghanistan war veteran, have decided to run for his seat as a result.
Santos has stated, however, that he would not retire from his position before to the conclusion of his tenure. The Republican Party’s position is seen as precarious, according to experts.