Santos should consider resigning, GOP veteran says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as the House GOP leadership remains silent, a veteran Republican lawmaker said Sunday that George Santos should consider resigning after the elected New York congressman admitted to lying about his heritage, his education and his professional career.

Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, a former chairman of House Ways and Means who served in Congress for 25 years, told “Fox News Sunday” that Santos would have to “take huge steps” to regain trust and respect in his district. Santos is due to be sworn in Tuesday when the new Congress begins.

“It’s troubling in many ways. Granted, he’s lied repeatedly,” said Brady, who is retiring from the House. “He’s definitely going to have to consider resigning.” Brady said a decision on Santos’ resignation “should be taken between him and the voters who elected him”.

In November, Santos, 34, was elected to the 3rd congressional district, which includes some suburbs on Long Island and a small part of the borough of Queens in New York. He became the first openly gay non-incumbent Republican to win a congressional seat. But weeks after helping Republicans win their House majority, Santos is now under investigation for fabricating large swaths of his biography. His campaign spending is also scrutinized.

He showed no signs of backing down. Last week, Santos was asked on Fox News about the “blatant lies” and replied that he “made a mistake”.

The top House Republican, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, who is running to become House speaker now that the GOP will hold a majority, did not say what action, if any, he might take against Santos.

Brady said that if he was leading a committee that Santos was to sit on, “right now he wouldn’t be on the committee.”

The congressman also said that “we are a second-chance country. 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. Brady said he hoped Santos would “choose the right path here”.

Questions were raised about Santos last month when The New York Times published an investigation into his resume and found a number of major discrepancies. Since then, Santos has admitted to lying about his Jewish ancestry, lying about working for Wall Street banks, and lying about getting a college degree.

Democrats are expected to pursue several avenues against Santos, including a potential complaint to the Federal Election Commission and the introduction of a resolution to expel him once he becomes a member of Congress.


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