The US Republican Party today formally asked Congressman George Santos to resign his seat after demonstrating the large number of “lies and falsehoods” he used to be elected in last November’s elections.
It has been the section of the party from the New York county of Nassau, for which Santos was elected, the one that has taken the step of distancing itself from him a month after The New York Times revealed that the young congressman, of Brazilian origin, he had lied about his origins, his studies, his professional career and even his family background.
“We ask for your immediate resignation,” said the chairman of the party’s local chapter, Joseph Cairo, who was surrounded by the senior staff of party leaders and federal, state and local elected officials to make clear the party’s unity in his takeover. of distances with Santos.
“He has dishonored the House of Representatives – Cairo said – with his campaign of lies and fabrications (…) There is no place for him (in the party), he is not welcome here for meetings or rallies,” he stressed.
After him, a dozen or so Republican officials spoke, underlining the “stain” that the Santos scandal posed to the party, who up to now has not shown any signs of resigning, although his position as of today is increasingly more critical.
One of them recalled the large Jewish community residing in this county in eastern New York, who felt “outraged” by Santos’ “disgusting” lies when he invented that his own family was descended from Holocaust survivors, when in reality They are Catholics from Brazil.
If George Santos finally resigns, as everything seems to indicate, it would be necessary to hold a new election only in Nassau County to fill the remaining seat, and in that case the Republican Party risks losing one of the 222 seats guaranteed by the current most.
Santos, with a meteoric career at the age of 34 and who presented himself as one of the first openly gay Republicans, has only admitted having “beautified” his resume, such as having graduated from a prestigious university that he never attended.
The Republican has several investigations against him by federal and local prosecutors about possible criminal activities during his two campaigns in Congress, if he committed crimes related to his finances or misleading statements.
Additionally, according to The New York Times, Brazilian law enforcement authorities intend to revive fraud charges against him stemming from a 2008 incident involving a stolen checkbook.
This story was originally published on January 11, 2023 11:33 a.m.
Source: El Nuevo Herald