The calls for George Santos to resign are growing louder and coming from his own ranks, but the embattled gay congressman isn’t budging.
Republican leaders from New York’s third congressional district called for Santos to resign during a press conference Jan. 11. Nassau County GOP Chairman Joseph G. Cairo, Jr. said Santos, who admitted to embellishing much of his past, had disgraced the House of Representatives and was not welcome at the local Republican Party headquarters.
“George Santos’ campaign last year was a campaign of deceit, lies and fabrication,” said Cairo, who called for Santos to resign immediately.
Representative Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY) from the neighboring fourth congressional district joined the chorus calling for Santos to step down. The “outright lies” Santos told render him incapable of serving in the House, D’Esposito said.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters concerns should be addressed to the House Ethics Committee.
“I try to stick to the Constitution. The voters elected him,” McCarthy said.
On Jan. 9, a complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission, accusing Santos of numerous campaign finance violations, including conflicting statements about his Florida-based company, Devolder, LLC. The next day, a house ethics complaint was filed by New York Reps. Ritchie Torres and Daniel Goldman.
Santos has largely remained silent as he is hounded by the press through the halls of Congress, but did send out this tweet on Jan. 11:
“I was elected to serve the people of #NY03 not the party & politicians. I remain committed to doing that and regret to hear that local officials refuse to work with my office to deliver results to keep our community safe and lower the cost of living. I will NOT resign!”
Back at Republican headquarters in Long Island, Hempstead, NY Town Supervisor Donald Clavin said the Santos show needs to end.
“He’s a national joke. He’s an international joke. But this joke’s got to go,” Clavin said.