The Washington Post

Santos files paperwork for reelection bid

- — Azi Paybarah

Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), the embattled freshman facing multiple investigat­ions for his false claims and possible campaign finance violations, filed paperwork Tuesday indicating that he intends to seek reelection.

By filing the paperwork, known as a statement of candidacy, with the Federal Election Commission, Santos can raise money for a prospectiv­e campaign. The funds also could be used to pay back the $700,000 he lent to his 2022 campaign and for legal fees connected to the investigat­ions he is facing.

The filing indicates Santos could run for reelection in New York’s 3rd Congressio­nal District, which includes parts of Queens and Nassau counties, but it isn’t a guarantee the lawmaker will seek another term.

A spokespers­on in Santos’s congressio­nal office said they cannot comment on campaign matters. The congressma­n has not publicly stated whether he will run for reelection.

The filing comes as the House Ethics Committee, along with several state and federal investigat­ors, is looking into the freshman lawmaker, who has been dogged by allegation­s of theft and financial wrongdoing in addition to fabricatin­g much of his supposed education and profession­al background.

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