George Santos Admits To Lies: ‘I Embellished My Resume – Sorry’

George Santos Admits To Lies: ‘I Embellished My Resume – Sorry’
Rep-elect George Santos (R-NY)

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.

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.