GOP official casts doubt on George Santos’s political future

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Rep.-elect George Santos, R-New York, speaks at an annual leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOP official casts doubt on George Santos’s political future

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GOP officials are casting doubt on embattled Rep.-elect George Santos’s (R-NY) political future amid reports he fabricated large portions of his resume and background.

Santos, who is facing federal and local investigations over his finances, has come under fire from both parties for lying about graduating from college, working for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, having grandparents who fled Europe to escape the Holocaust, being Jewish, and details about his property ownership on his financial disclosures. Multiple GOP sources told the Washington Examiner that his string of lies has put the party in a difficult position and he will likely face a primary challenge if he makes it through his first term.

Nassau County GOP Chairman Joe Cairo told the New York Post it is unlikely Santos will receive endorsements from party committees moving forward.

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“I don’t know what party would endorse him as a candidate,” he told the publication. “This Republican Committee will not support George Santos in 2024.”

While Democrats have called for him to step down and Republicans have broadly condemned his actions, with Rep.-elect Nick LaLota (R-NY) going as far as calling for an ethics investigation, Santos has asserted that he will be sworn into office and has no plans to resign.

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While Santos has admitted he lied about an array of issues, he has looked to downplay the gravity of the situation, telling Fox News that he sees himself as “Jew-ish, not Jewish” despite referring to himself as a “proud American Jew” on the campaign trail. He argued that he consulted with major banking corporations but did not work directly for them.

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