Rep.-elect for New York admits to fabricating his college and employment history
A newly elected Republican congressman from New York has revealed that during his successful bid for a seat in the US House, he made false claims about his work history and college degree.
The New York Post quoted George Santos, who was elected in November to represent portions of northeast Queens and northern Long Island, as saying: “My faults here are enhancing my résumé. I apologize.
“I campaigned talking about the concerns of the people, not my résumé,” he continued. The commitments I made during the campaign will be kept.
Last Monday, The New York Times questioned the life narrative Santos, 34, had portrayed during his candidacy.
The New York-based Baruch College claimed it could not verify the degree the Queens man claimed to have earned there.
Santos said this on Monday: “I didn’t acquire a degree from any college or university. I’m ashamed and remorseful for embellishing my resume.
I admit that, he continued. We make foolish decisions in life.
Santos also claimed to have worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, but neither organization was able to locate any records to support that claim. Santos told the Post that he had “never worked directly” for any financial institution and that his remarks had been “poorly chosen.”
He informed the Post that both companies did business with Link Bridge, an investment firm where he served as vice-president.
A claim on Santos’s campaign website that his grandparents “fled Jewish persecution in Ukraine, settled in Belgium, and again fled persecution during WWII” had been disputed by another news source, the Jewish American website The Forward.
Santos stated to the Post, “I never claimed to be Jewish.” I’m a Catholic. I declared myself to be “Jew-ish” after learning that my mother’s family was Jewish.
Santos unsuccessfully sought election to Congress in 2020. In the district that covers some Long Island suburbs and a small portion of Queens, he ran again in 2022 and won.