George Santos will leave ’embarrassing’ Republican Party and run in New York as independent

Embattled former New York Rep. George Santos announced Friday he is leaving the Republican Party, saying the “embarrassing” display by the House GOP passing a $1.2 trillion spending deal made him bolt.

“After today’s embarrassing showing in the house I have reflected and decided that I can no longer be part of the Republican Party … The Republican Party continues to lie and swindle its voter base,” Santos posted on X.

“I in good conscience cannot affiliate myself with a party that stands for nothing and falls for everything,” the former congressman added.

Santos was ousted last year from Congress following the release of a scathing Ethics Committee report that found “substantial evidence” that Santos had knowingly filed false or incomplete reports to the Federal Election Commission, used campaign funds for personal purposes, and “engaged in knowing and
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