Lying Representative-elect George Santos admits to fabricating key details of his biography

Long Island Representative-elect George Santos told The Post on Monday, admitting he lied on the campaign trail about his education and work experience — but insisting the controversy won’t deter him from serve his two-year term in Congress.

“I’m not a criminal,” Santos said at one point during his exclusive interview. “This [controversy] will not prevent me from having a good legislative success. I will be efficient. I will be good.

Santos’ professional biography was called into question earlier this month after The New York Times reported that he misrepresented a number of statements, including where he attended college and his work history. suspected in reputable Wall Street firms.

Santos admitted on Monday that he had “never worked directly” for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, attributing the lie to a “poor choice of words”.

The 34-year-old now claims a company he worked for, Link Bridge, did business with the two financial giants.

At Link Bridge, Santos said, he helped make “capital introductions” between clients and investors, and Goldman Sachs and Citigroup were “LPS, Limited Partnerships” with which his company dealt.

Long Island Representative-elect George Santos admitted to the Post that he lied about details of his life during his campaign.
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He also admitted that he had never graduated from any college, although he previously claimed to have graduated from Baruch in 2010.

“I have not graduated from any higher education institution. I’m embarrassed and sorry for embellishing my resume,” he said. “I admit it… We do stupid things in life.”

Santos, elected to Congress Nov. 8 to represent the Long Island and Queens-based 3rd District, was also accused of lying about his family background, claiming on his campaign website that his mother was Jewish and that his grandparents had escaped the Nazis during the World Cup. Second war.

Santos now says he is “clearly Catholic”, but claimed his grandmother told stories about being Jewish and later converting to Catholicism.

Santos said a “poor choice of words” made it sound like he worked for Goldman Sachs.
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Santos, the first openly gay non-incumbent Republican elected to the House, has also been accused of lying about his sexual orientation, with the Daily Beast reporting that he was previously married to a woman until 2020.

He confirmed to the Post on Monday that he has indeed been married to a woman for about five years, but is now a happily married gay man.

Santos also admitted to being a bad tenant in Sunnyside, Queens, saying his family was deeply in debt due to his mother’s illness.

The new congressman has dismissed fears that his lies will impact his effectiveness in representing New Yorkers in the lower house in the new year.

Santos admitted that he did not graduate from CUNY Baruch or any other college.
Santos admitted that he did not graduate from CUNY Baruch or any other college.
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“I campaigned on people’s concerns, not my resume,” Santos told the Post.

“I intend to deliver on the promises I made during the campaign – fight crime, fight declining education, improve education,” he added, saying that ” the people elected me to fight for them”.

“I came to DC to deliver on these issues and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Senior House Republicans were apparently aware of the inaccuracies and embellishments in the elected representative’s resume, and the topic became a “running joke,” several insiders close to the House GOP leadership told the Post during the week. weekend.

Santos said lies would not prevent him from being an effective member of Congress.
Santos said lies won’t stop him from being an “effective” congressman.
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“In terms of questions about George in general, that was always something that came up whenever we talked about this race,” a GOP executive aide said. “It was a running joke at one point. This is the second time he has run and we thought these issues would be resolved by the voters.

Last week, Nassau County’s top Republican demanded that Santos explain himself after his web of lies began to unravel.

“While I have indicated that the elected member of Congress deserves a reasonable time to respond to the media, voters deserve a candid account from Mr. Santos,” the Nassau County Republican Committee Chairman said. Joseph Cairo. “I will listen carefully and want to hear meaningful remarks from George Santos.”

On the same day, Santos broke his three-day silence since reports of his lies emerged, tweeting, “To the people of #NY03, I have my story to tell and it will be told next week. I want to assure everyone that I will answer your questions and remain committed to delivering the results I campaigned on; Public safety, inflation, education and more.

He then added: “Happy holidays to all!”

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