Rep.-elect George Santos (R), who was defeated in the race for the New York congressional seat, was urged to resign and seek in a new election by defeated Democratic candidate Robert Zimmerman on Tuesday. Santos had previously admitted to lying about his career and educational history.
Santos admitted inconsistencies in his background that had previously been exposed by The New York Times in an interview with the New York Post, but Santos insisted he would carry out his term since he ran for office “talking about the people’s needs, not my CV.”
Zimmerman posted a message on Twitter saying, “George, if that’s even your real name, if you’re so confident that #NY3 voters still trust you – resign & run against me again in a special election.” “Show the voters your true history and respond to inquiries about your criminal record. Allow the people to decide.
After Rep. Tom Suozzi (D) decided not to compete for reelection but instead to run for governor of the state, Santos won the Long Island district last month. By 8 percentage points, Santos prevailed.
The triumph of the Republican was one of several significant GOP victories in New York congressional districts during the midterm elections, aiding the party in securing a slim House majority in the next Congress.
But following the election, The New York Times published an article this month outlining a number of inconsistencies in Santos’s claimed past, including Santos’s fraudulent claims that he had worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs and that he had earned a degree from New York’s Baruch College.
“My sins here are enhancing my resume. In an interview with the New York Post on Monday, Santos apologized.
The demand from Zimmerman joins the clamor of Democrats who have urged Santos to relinquish his recently won position.
Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the incoming minority leader of the House, stated last week that Santos “appears to be a total and utter fake.”