Republican Rep. George Santos admitted Monday that he embellished his resume. He has not withdrawn his candidacy, but will enter the House of Representatives on January 3.
‘A lot of people exaggerate their resumes, and I’m not going to make excuses for that. Honestly: who doesn’t?’ That’s what New York’s freshman Republican Congressman Jorge Santos told a local radio station on Monday. 77WABC. He admitted to other US media that he had lied about his application. Santos, the first openly gay Republican member of Congress, perpetuated those lies during two consecutive runs for Congress.
His second bid for the House of Representatives was successful. In midterm elections last month, Santos defeated Democratic candidate Robert Zimmerman in the new district, which includes parts of Queens and some nearby Long Island suburbs.
When he was elected The New York Times It revealed that Santos never graduated from a college or university. He said he graduated from Baruch College and New York University. “I’m ashamed, I’m sorry, I messed up my application,” he apologized during an interview. New York Post. “We all do stupid things sometimes.”
Santos didn’t just lie about his education. He said he also worked at financial firms Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. A Republican corrected that to be a “misstatement.” That means he’s been subcontracting companies from his own company, Linkbridge Investors. Santos also lied about renting thirteen properties through his family.
Potential ethical inquiries
Yet the freshman Congressman says ‘not guilty’. Despite the lies, he will be sworn into the House of Representatives on Jan. 3 and sit in the Republican majority.
Formally, little can be done to prevent him from joining. The House can block a candidate from taking office only if the nominee has violated constitutional requirements regarding age, citizenship, and citizenship. Experts say that once Santos is in Congress, he will still face an ethics committee investigation.
Democrats say Santos is unqualified to run for Congress. House Republican Majority Speaker Kevin McCarthy has yet to comment.
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