Who is Rep-elect George Santos? His resume may be largely fiction


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Rep. George Santos is stepping down from committees amid fabrications about his biography

Embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) told House Republicans on Tuesday that he will step down temporarily from his committee assignments amid multiple investigations into his campaign finances after he lied about key aspects of his biography.

Santos, who has admitted to fabricating details about his education, work, religion and heritage since his election in November, said in a closed-door meeting of House Republicans that he would remove himself from his assignments on the House Small Business Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

The temporary retreat from committees marks Santos’s first major concession after weeks of maintaining a steadfast resistance to any consequences over his fabrications.
Santos told the meeting that he will step down because “he’s a distraction,” according to a Republican lawmaker who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. The conversation comes one day after Santos met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

House Small Business Committee Chairman Roger Williams (R-Tex.) said he understood that the withdrawal is temporary, until Santos is cleared of ongoing investigations. The 34-year-old freshman Republican has faced increased scrutiny, including a federal probe into his campaign finances and local investigation into his résumé fabrications, since the revelation of his misrepresentations of his experience, personal life and education.

“It took me by surprise but it was probably the right decision,” Williams said.

“Without the ethics investigation being complete, I think it’s the right decision,” said Rep. Michael Lawler (R-N.Y.), who had also called on Santos to resign.

Emerging from the meeting, Santos declined to comment, saying, “I think you should talk to leadership if you want details pertaining to committees.” Later, when asked whether McCarthy asked him to step down, Santos answered that it was his decision.

“Nobody tells me to do anything,” he said. “I made a decision on my own that I thought best represented the interest of the voters.”

The announcement comes the same day polling in his district showed the vast majority of voters believe he should resign. More than three-quarters of registered voters in New York’s 3rd Congressional District said he should leave his job, the Newsday-Siena College poll found.
Santos has given no indication that he plans to voluntarily give up his seat.

Republicans in his Long Island-based district and several members of the House GOP have called for Santos to resign. However, McCarthy, who has a razor-thin GOP majority, has rebuffed those calls. Republican leadership has avoided rebuking Santos, and others have stopped short of demanding his resignation.

Asked whether she regretted supporting Santos after the news that he had stepped down from committees, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) said voters had chosen to elect him.

“This process is going to play itself out,” the third-ranking House Republican said Tuesday. “But ultimately, voters are going to make that decision.”

Democratic leaders, who have repeatedly called for Santos to resign, questioned the latest forfeiture by Santos and the Republican reaction.

“I’m just struck by the chaos, confusion, dysfunction of the Republican conference,” Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) said. “They defended putting him on committees and now they’re announcing that he’s not going to serve on a committee. So I just don’t understand what the play of the day is.”

The move by Santos comes as McCarthy is struggling to secure the GOP votes to kick Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) off the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The speaker is determined to fulfill a years-long pledge after Democrats ousted two Republicans — Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) — from committees for endorsing political violence against Democrats on social media.

McCarthy said he wanted to remove Omar from the committee because of “repeated antisemitic and anti-American remarks,” a reference to her using an antisemitic trope and comparing actions by the United States to those of terrorists groups, which she later clarified by saying, “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”

But McCarthy has faced opposition from Republican Reps. Victoria Spartz (Ind.), Ken Buck (Colo.) and Nancy Mace (S.C.). Republicans have a slim majority that allows them to lose only four votes to pass anything. That margin is down to three as Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) recovers at home from a traumatic fall in which he was injured.

Sol Rosenberg

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I'm always amazed when liars get upset over being called out on their lies...especially after they even admitted to lying.


I don't think is true.
"In his bid to become speaker of the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy agreed to a number of concessions to secure the support of Republicans who originally opposed him. One was a rule change to allow just a single member to try to force him from office.

Under the new House rules passed Monday, only one member of Congress — Democrat or Republican — is needed to bring a "motion to vacate," which forces a vote on removing the speaker. That would need only a simple majority of the House to pass to oust McCarthy."


Bus Driver

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I don't think is true.
Agreed. I I understand it, a majority is need to oust him. The GOP holds 222 seats. If Rep. Santos is removed/leaves, that number drops by one. By my math, 221 is still a majority of 435.

The post you respond to makes it seem like there would be a simple majority of Democrats who could oust Speaker McCarthy.

Regardless of how they stand, I do not see the GOP breaking ranks to give aid and comfort to the Democrats.

Or, am I missing something.

Bus Driver

Bacon Quality Control Specialist
The actual speaker vote count. Obviously things would change if this came to pass and even the nuttiest of the nuts would vote for McCarthy eventually if a democrat was the alternative, but the tweet wouldn't be so interesting then.
Now that I think about it, it's the majority of votes cast, right?

If a few choose to not vote, the magic number for "a majority" drops.