George Santos Ditches Republican Primary, Announces Independent Run

Disgraced former Rep. George Santos, who announced in early March that he was challenging his one-time Long Island colleague Rep. Nick LaLota (R-Rocky Point) in the primary race for New York’s first congressional district, has now announced that he will run in the race as an independent.

Santos was expelled from the House of Representatives on Dec. 1. It was the third vote held to expel him, and it came after the House Ethics Committee had found evidence that Santos had committed federal crimes relating to campaign finance. He currently faces 23 charges of that nature.