George Santos, gay Republican Rep.-elect from Long Island, admitted today that he lied to voters about key details of his resume including alleged employment at high-profile Wall Street firms and graduating from college.
After keeping silent for a week, since the New York Times reported the many lies he told voters, Santos blithely dismissed the issue: “My sins here are embellishing my resume. I’m sorry.”
“I’m not going to make excuses for this, but a lot of people overstate in their resumes, or twist a little bit. … I’m not saying I’m not guilty of that,” he said.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) December 26, 2022
From the New York Post:
“I am not a criminal,” Santos said at one point during his exclusive interview. “This [controversy] will not deter me from having good legislative success. I will be effective. I will be good.”
Santos confessed he had “never worked directly” for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, chalking that fib up to a “poor choice of words.”
He also admitted that he never graduated from any college, despite previously claiming to have received a degree from Baruch in 2010.
“I didn’t graduate from any institution of higher learning. I’m embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume,” he said. “I own up to that … We do stupid things in life.”
Santos also admitted:
• He’s not Jewish after telling voters his mother was Jewish and his grandparents escaped the Nazis during World War II.
• He was previously married to a woman until shortly before he launched his unsuccessful 2020 campaign. “I’m very much gay,” he says now. “I’m OK with my sexuality. People change. I’m one of those people who change.”
• He was a deadbeat tenant in Queens and was ordered by a judge to pay more than $12,000 in back rent. He never paid – “We didn’t pay it off. I completely forgot about it.”
• He lied when he claimed that he owned 13 different properties. Now he says he lives at his sister’s place but is looking to purchase his own place.
What hasn’t been explained: how he went from jumping from rental apartment to rental apartment, and never paying his back rent, to “lending” his campaign nearly a million dollars…?
The Post also notes that multiple senior House Republicans were aware of Santos’s fabricated resume.
“It was a running joke at a certain point.,” said one senior GOP leadership aide. “This is the second time he’s run and these issues we assumed would be worked out by the voters.”
Read the full report here.
This story talks about hopping from rental home to rental home skipping out on back rent each time. So, where did the $700K he loaned his campaign come from if he can't afford rent? This isn't a candidate "padding his resume." It's federal crimes. https://t.co/6r2uAiL15h
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) December 24, 2022
BREAKING: George Santos admits his life story is a complete fabrication. His pitiful confession should not distract us from concerns about possible criminality and corruption.
The Ethics Committee MUST investigate how he made his money. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) December 27, 2022
George Santos massively fabricated his life story to get elected to Congress. He should not be allowed to take the oath of office. If he does, he should immediately be investigated by the House Ethics Committee.
Which Republicans will have the basic decency to call him out? https://t.co/dOHaWBALUz
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) December 27, 2022
George Santos lied about:
❌Where he lives
❌Where he worked
❌Where he went to school
❌Where he got his 💰
❌His criminal history in Brazil
❌His Russian-oligarch donations
Resign, George. pic.twitter.com/OB6SBZduGD
— Melanie D'Arrigo (@DarrigoMelanie) December 26, 2022