I don’t understand how this guy got elected. I’m talking about George Santos, the 34 year old fraudster who just got elected to represent New York’s 3rd Congressional District, which covers part of northern Long Island and Queens.
Didn’t anyone do any opposition research on this guy?
This guy didn’t engage in a “poor choice of words” or a little bit of “resume inflation” (as he claimed in his defense). This guy lied like lying was going out of style.
- He claimed to have graduated from Baruch College and New York University, and neither school has any record of him.
- He claimed to have worked for Goldman Sachs and for Citigroup, and neither firm has any record of him.
- He claimed to be Jewish, and that his grandparents fled persecution in Ukraine during WW II. Neither of those things turns out to be true.
- He claimed that his family was wealthy and had extensive real estate holdings in the U.S. and Brazil, including 13 rental properties in New York alone. Neither of those things is true.
- He claimed, in a legal proceeding in Brazil for embezzlement, that he was an “American teacher.” Needless to say, he never revealed the charges against him in Brazil.
- He claimed to have been the founder of “Friends of Pets United,” but that also turned out not to be true.
- He claimed to have worked for MetGlobal, and that he was a vice president for LinkBridge Investors, according to his campaign disclosure form. That also is not true.
- He claimed, also through his financial disclosures, to be the sole owner and managing member of the Devolder Organization, a “family-owned company that managed $80 million in assets.”
- He claimed that “employees” of his had died at the Pulse Nightclub shooting back in 2016.
Now some questions have arisen whether Santos, who claims to be a dual citizen of the United States and Brazil, is actually a citizen of the United States. Ah, finally a “birther” controversy with actual teeth.
In any case, this guy seems to have been in a competition with Donald Trump to prove that he could manufacture lies more quickly than anyone.
This whole web started to unravel when a New York Times investigation found inconsistencies in his background. The “embodiment of the American Dream” is really the embodiment of an American fraudster.
Again, doesn’t anyone do opposition research anymore?
Santos could have a serious legal problem explaining where he got the roughly $700,000 he says he “loaned” his campaign. Federal law prohibits candidates from misstating the source of campaign funds.
Otherwise, Republicans have been as quiet as church mice in condemning this man’s actions. Aspiring House Speaker Kevin McCarthy doesn’t want to touch this with a 10 foot pole, as he needs every possible vote if he wants to be Speaker.
Ah Republicans, the party of integrity.