U.S. Rep. George Santos, the New York Republican whose lies about his background and wealth helped propel him into workplace, introduced Monday that he’s working for reelection.
Greater than maybe any incumbent, Santos enters the race as an underdog — deserted by many fellow Republicans whereas going through investigations over a myriad of allegations about falsehoods throughout his final marketing campaign.
Throughout that race, Santos portrayed himself as a graduate of prestigious schools who had gone on to have a profitable profession on Wall Road whereas amassing an actual property funding portfolio. In actuality, he didn’t go to varsity, didn’t work for the Wall Road corporations the place he claimed to have made huge offers and had struggled in recent times to pay his hire.
In his marketing campaign announcement, Santos didn’t point out any of that and as a substitute highlighted his zeal in preventing for conservative principals in Washington and his background as “a poor boy of immigrant dad and mom in Queens.”
“We want a fighter who is aware of the district and may serve the individuals fearlessly,” he mentioned.
Santos has beforehand referred to the fabrications about his background, which included mendacity about having Jewish ancestry and about having been a star volleyball participant, as innocent elaborations.
Journalists have additionally uncovered different points in his previous, together with prison theft costs in Pennsylvania in 2017 and costs from years in the past in Brazil, the place he was accused of utilizing a fraudulent examine to purchase attire.
Regardless of these allegations, Santos refused calls from many fellow New York Republicans to resign.
Whereas Santos faces a crush of investigations — by the Home Ethics Committee and a county prosecutor in New York — he seems unmoved by the challenges.