George Santos Ends Second Bid For Congress After 1 Month In The Race

“The future holds countless possibilities,” the former Republican said, “and I am ready willing and able to step up to the plate."

Former Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) ended his independent bid for Congress on Tuesday after storming back to the campaign trail following his expulsion from Congress in December.

Santos announced his challenge to Republican Rep. Nick Lalota (N.Y.) in early March, reversing his previous pledge that he would not seek elective office again. He became just the sixth person to be ousted from the House in its history after an investigation found he spent thousands of campaign dollars on Botox, designer products and other expenses.

Santos said at the end of March he would leave the Republican Party and run as an independent, claiming at the time the GOP had continued “to lie and swindle its voter base.” But he said Tuesday he didn’t want his bid to split the vote between himself and Lalota and “be responsible for handing the house to the Dems.”

“Staying in this race all but guarantees a victory for the Dems in the race,” Santos wrote on X. “I have [met] with leaders and with constituents and I have made the decision to hang it up here and stop perusing this race, THIS YEAR!”

“The future holds countless possibilities,” he added, “and I am ready willing and able to step up to the plate and go fight for my country at anytime.”

Santos also faces two federal indictments ― one that details 23 counts ― including charges of conspiracy, credit card fraud and other crimes. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

“I will continue to participate in the public policy discussion and will do my part,” the former lawmaker wrote on Tuesday. “I will always strive to stand on the right side of history.”

“It’s only goodbye for now, I’ll be back.”

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