Santos has rebuffed calls to step down in the wake of revelations that he fabricated much of his background to get elected. While he voluntarily gave up his House committee assignments, Santos has been defiant about remaining in office.
“I’m not leaving, I’m not hiding and I’m not backing down,” he tweeted in February, after offering to resign if 140,000 constituents asked him to leave office.
His filing comes amid a new House Ethics Committee investigation into potential “unlawful activity” concerning his 2022 campaign and other alleged violations, including sexual harassment . The existence of an investigation doesn’t mean that Santos violated any laws. The New York Republican is also facing local, federal and international probes into his past, particularly the personal loans that Santos made to his campaign.
Just because Santos has filed paperwork with the FEC doesn’t mean he will ultimately run for reelection — or that he stands a chance of winning. Republicans and Democrats from his northern Queens and Long Island district are lining up to run for the competitive seat, and many of his House colleagues from New York have made it clear they believe Santos should resign or face expulsion . A Siena College Research Institute poll released last month found that 66% of New Yorkers share that sentiment .