POLITICS & ELECTIONS

George Santos ends congressional bid for New York’s 1st District

Apr 23, 2024, 4:36 PM

Former New York Rep. George Santos, who was expelled from the House and is facing federal charges, ...

Former New York Rep. George Santos, who was expelled from the House and is facing federal charges, said he is withdrawing his bid for Congress in New York’s 1st District. (Kevin Dietsch, Getty Images via CNN Newsource)

(Kevin Dietsch, Getty Images via CNN Newsource)

(CNN) — Former New York Rep. George Santos, who was expelled from the House and is facing federal charges, said he is withdrawing his bid for Congress in New York’s 1st District.

“I have decided to withdraw from my independent run for #NY1…I don’t want my run to be portrayed as reprisal against Nick Lalota… Although Nick and I don’t have the same voting record and I remain critical of his abysmal record, I don’t want to split the ticket and be responsible for handing the house to Dems,” Santos said in a post on X.

Santos previously announced he was leaving the Republican Party and would run his congressional comeback bid as an independent.

“I have meet 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 and I am ready willing and able to step up to the plate and go fight for my country at anytime,” Santos said.

Santos has pleaded not guilty to 23 federal charges, including allegations of fraud related to Covid-19 unemployment benefits, misusing campaign funds and lying about his personal finances on House disclosure reports.

“I will continue to participate in the public policy discussion and will do my part… I will always strive to stand on the right side of history. It’s only goodbye for now, I’ll be back,” Santos said.

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George Santos ends congressional bid for New York’s 1st District