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George Santos: Ready to Mount the Ultimate Comeback?

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George Santos. Credit: MSNBC Screenshot.

After rookie representative George Santos was outed for lying about just about every facet of his life, a small movement formed, pressuring him to resign. Santos resisted, however, holding onto his congressional seat. A new hope formed: that Santos would not seek to hold his seat in 2024. That hope was dashed this week, however, as Santos has announced his intention to seek re-election

How We Got Here

Santos appeared to lie his way through a congressional campaign, and somehow, won the seat. During the campaign, Santos indeed seemed to lie about nearly every facet of his life – from his education to his work history. Santos lied so much that New York Magazine wrote, “It’s best to assume what the Republican from Long Island has said about his life is bogus.” People could no longer discern the basics of his life, and Politico started calling him The Talented Mr. Santos, a reference to The Talented Mr. Ripley, in which Matt Damon’s character lies relentlessly. Santos lied about having attended Horace Mann School. He lied about having attended Baruch College and New York University. He lied about having worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. He lied about playing volleyball.

So, what’s a guy who lied, got elected on those lies, and was then outed for having told lies, going to say during a re-election campaign? What value will anything that Santos says hold? 

George Santos: Running for Re-election

“More than perhaps any incumbent,” NPR wrote, “Santos enters the race as an underdog – abandoned by many fellow Republicans while facing investigations over a myriad of allegations about falsehoods during his last campaign…During that race, Santos portrayed himself as a graduate of prestigious colleges who had gone on to have a successful career on Wall Street while amassing a real estate investment portfolio. In reality, he didn’t go to college, didn’t work for the Wall Street firms, where he claims to have made big deals and had struggled in recent years to pay his rent.”

None of that was mentioned as Santos announced his re-election campaign. Instead, Santos emphasized his background as a “poor boy of immigrant parents in Queens” with a willingness to fight for conservative principles. 

“We need a fighter who knows the district and can serve the people fearlessly,” Santos said.

Santos won’t be the only one running for the seat he currently occupies. Kellen Curry, for example, has also announced his candidacy for Santos’s congressional seat. And Curry, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, is specifically targeting Santos and his dishonesty.

“With a passion for public service and a strong desire to restore honorable leadership back tot our congressional representation, Kellen is seeking the Republican nomination,” Curry’s campaign literature reads. Curry elaborated in a Twitter video, saying that he wanted to “restore honesty and integrity back to our congressional representation.” 

Anything is possible, as Kevin Garnett will tell you, but George Santos has to be a long shot for re-election. For one, no one knows who Santos truly is. And any effort to explain who he truly is won’t be taken at face value. He’s ruined his reputation and has no business serving in Congress. 

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Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison listens to Dokken.

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Harrison Kass is a Senior Defense Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison has degrees from Lake Forest College, the University of Oregon School of Law, and New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He lives in Oregon and regularly listens to Dokken.