George Santos admits to lying about career and college
Representative-elect George Santos, RN.Y., admitted Monday that he lied about his work experience and college education during his successful campaign for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In an interview with the New York Post, Santos said: “My sin here is to embellish my résumé. I’m sorry.”
He also told the newspaper: “I campaign to talk about people’s interests, not my background,” and added, “I plan to deliver on the promises I made during the campaign.” campaign translation.”
The New York Times asked a question last week about the life story Santos, 34, presented during his campaign.
The Queens resident has said he earned his degree from Baruch College in New York, but the school says that cannot be confirmed.
On Monday, Santos admitted: “I did not graduate from any higher education institution. I feel ashamed and sorry for embellishing my resume.”
He added: “I admit it. We do stupid things in life.”
Santos also said that he had worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, but neither company could find any records verifying that.
Santos told the Post he had “never worked directly” for both financial firms, saying he used “poor choice of words”.
He told the Post that Link Bridge, an investment firm where he was vice president, did business with both.
Another news outlet, Jewish-American website The Forward, questioned Santos’ claims on his campaign website that his grandparents “have fled persecution of Jews in Ukraine, determined to settled in Belgium and again fled persecution during the Second World War.”
“I never claimed to be Jewish,” Santos told the Post. “I am Catholic. Because I learned that my maternal family is of Jewish origin, I said that I am ‘Jew.”
Santos first ran for Congress in 2020 and lost. He’s running for re-election in 2022 and won the county that includes several suburbs of Long Island and a small portion of Queens.