Headline RoundupNovember 16th, 2023

Rep. Santos Will Not Seek Reelection After Release of House Ethics Report

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The House Ethics Committee accused Rep. George Santos (R-NY) of “uncharged and unlawful conduct” on Thursday, leading Santos to announce he will not seek reelection.

Details: The committee stated that Santos’ campaign committee submitted false or incomplete forms to the Federal Election Commission, used campaign funds for personal purposes, engaged in fraudulent conduct, and violated the Ethics in Government Act. Santos also faces federal charges filed in May.

Key Quotes: A statement released by the committee concludes, “Representative Santos’ conduct warrants public condemnation, is beneath the dignity of the office, and has brought severe discredit upon the House.” Following the release of the report, Santos called the report “a disgusting politicized smear that shows the depths of how low our federal government has sunk. Everyone who participated in this grave miscarriage of Justice should all be ashamed of themselves,” adding that he “will not stand by as I am stoned by those who have flaws themselves. I will continue on my mission to serve my constituents up until I am allowed. I will however NOT be seeking re-election for a second term in 2024 as my family deserves better than to be under the gun from the press all the time.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum covered the report moderately. Reuters (Center bias) determined that Santos has not been expelled from Congress due to Republicans “needing the seat to protect their narrow 221-213 margin,” despite the expulsion resolution being filed by Republicans.

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