Incumbent Republican leaders condemn Santos and offer his resignation

The New York Republican, elected in November, refused to resign after background investigations revealed he falsified key parts of his biography, from his Jewish ancestry to his career and education.

Whether the elected member of Congress ultimately decides to give up his seat is up to him and the voters in his Long Island district, Brady said.

Brady said Santos had two choices: “get away with it politically” or “the tougher choice…own every lie he’s ever told and apologize to everyone and anyone for as long as ‘it will have to.’

Asked if Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California), who is looking to speak, should condemn Santos, Brady dodged the question.

Brady suggested that Santos might be able to win voters’ forgiveness and trust.

“We are a second-chance country,” Brady said. “And when people are ready to turn their lives around and embrace that and do the right thing and earn respect and trust again, you know, we’re ready to do that.”

But incumbent Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican and former House member, called Santos’ falsifications “unacceptable.” The House Ethics Committee should “deal with this,” Hutchinson said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

“It breaks trust between the electorate and their chosen one,” Hutchinson told host Jonathan Karl. “We need to have more integrity in our political environment, in our elected leaders.”

The options for punishing Santos are “probably up to the leadership of the House,” Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) said Sunday on MSNBC.

“Given the slim majority they have, I think that’s unlikely,” Quigley said. “Any other job in the world, you’d get fired. Unfortunately, we don’t have that option in Congress.


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