Rep. George Santos to Forego Re-election Amid Ethics Violations and Misuse of Campaign Funds

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FILE - Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., speaks to reporters as he leaves the federal courthouse in Central Islip, N.Y., Wednesday, May 10, 2023. The House Ethics panel says it has found “substantial evidence” of lawbreaking by Republican Rep. George Santos of New York and has referred its findings to the Justice Department. The committee said Thursday that Santos’ conduct warrants public condemnation, is beneath the dignity of the office, and has brought severe discredit upon the House. AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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Representative George Santos has announced he will not seek re-election amidst a storm of ethics and criminal law violations. The House Ethics Committee’s report is a damning account revealing Santos’ misuse of campaign funds for personal extravagance, including spa visits and luxury shopping.

This is more than a misstep, it’s a systematic abuse of power and donor trust. Despite Santos dismissing it as a smear, the evidence is overwhelming. His actions represent a disturbing pattern of deceit, from fabricating loans to engaging in fraudulent business activities.

The saga isn’t just about Santos stepping down, it’s a critical reminder of the need for moral integrity in the political system. As the House weighs his expulsion, a precedent-setting move for a non-convicted member, we’re reminded of the grave responsibility of leaders. Santos’ case is a wake-up call, underscoring the importance of ethical leadership in safeguarding democracy.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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