Politician George Santos has had his Jewish background, education, and resume scrutinized.
The life of Republican congressman George Santos has been brought into question in a shocking investigation. And he said he will get back to me in a week.
This year, George Santos was elected to represent a New York state district. The result was a minor upset that gave the Republicans a boost in their bid to take back the House. In contrast, everything in his life is currently disintegrating.
His whole career, life narrative, schooling, business transactions, sexuality, and even his claimed Jewish ancestry have all been called into doubt by a bombshell expose published by The New York Times.
In addition to being the first openly gay non-incumbent Republican, Santos also made history by becoming the first Brazilian-American to be elected to Congress. He also claimed that his mother's parents were Holocaust refugees from Ukraine.
Upon further inspection, it seems his resume was mostly made up.
He claimed to have graduated from a public university in New York and made it big as a "seasoned Wall Street banker and investor," but Santos was actually just starting out.
He claimed to have worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs on his resume, but when The Times inquired about him, both firms said they had no knowledge of him.
There was also no record of someone with his name and birth date graduating from Baruch College in 2010.
In addition, he claimed to have formed the animal rescue organization Friends of Pets United and even filed a tax exemption for it, but the Internal Revenue Service could not find any records of the registered charity matching his description.
Santos also stated that he owned 13 different pieces of property. However, he has not revealed any of his holdings, and The Times was unable to locate any of them.
According to Brazilian court records, Santos allegedly took the checkbook of a man his mother was caring for and used it to make fraudulent transactions, including a pair of shoes, leading to legal trouble in his parents' own country.
The Forward, a Jewish newspaper in New York City, suggests he may have misled about his Jewish background as well.
The news organization asserted that Santos fabricated a story about his grandparents escaping anti-Jewish persecution in Europe during World War II.
Santos is out and proud, and he and his pharmacist husband and four canine companions reside on Long Island.
According to The Daily Beast, Santos' first marriage ended 12 days before he launched his 2019 congressional candidacy.
The Daily Mail named the woman, a Brazilian by the name of Uadla Vieira.
Santos sent a brief comment on Twitter in response to the shocking charges, vowing to explain everything "next week."
In his letter, he promised the people of New York's 3rd congressional district that he would tell them his side of the story the next week.
I promise to respond to your concerns and to follow through on the promises I made during the campaign to improve public safety, inflation, education, and other areas central to my platform. All the best to you and yours this holiday season!
He promised an explanation for the damning claims "next week," which was widely derided on social media.