Santos refuses to resign amid calls from local New York GOP

By | January 11, 2023

Politico reports:

Rep. George Santos refused to resign Wednesday despite a parade of Republican Nassau County officials demanding he step down.

Officials from across Santos’ Long Island district and beyond gathered at the headquarters of the Nassau County Republican Committee to offer biting critiques of the newly sworn-in Republican. Critically, they pledged to cut Santos’ local support system off at the knees after he fabricated much of his resume and backstory during a successful Congressional campaign last year.

Santos “is a stain on the House of Representatives. He’s a stain on the 3rd Congressional District,” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said at a media briefing. He added that he told his staff that any constituent calls to Congress “will now be referred to Congressman Anthony D’Esposito.”

D’Esposito, a Republican who represents a neighboring district, dialed into the press conference remotely to also call for Santos’ ouster. [Continue reading…]

The New York Times reports:

When Representative George Santos of New York first expressed interest in running for a suburban New York City House seat in 2020, the Nassau County Republican Committee sent him a standard vetting questionnaire and asked to see his qualifications.

The résumé Mr. Santos handed over was impressive, particularly for a political neophyte.

He claimed to have graduated in the top 1 percent of his class at Baruch College, earned an M.B.A. at New York University and more than doubled revenue as a project manager at Goldman Sachs, according to a copy of the two-page document obtained by The New York Times.

If the Nassau Republicans had dug into any of the claims, they would probably have found that much of Mr. Santos’s account was baldly fabricated. Instead, without another candidate interested in the race, they made a critical mistake: They took Mr. Santos’s word and offered their full backing, re-upping in 2022 to help deliver him to victory. [Continue reading…]

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