What ever happened to George Santos?
The New York representative who was outed for being a comprehensive and egregious liar had been pressured to resign from his seat in Congress.
That never happened.
But already, challenges to Santos’s seat are emerging, nearly two years out from the 2024 election, meaning Santos’s days in Congress may well be winding down.
George Santos and Those Lies
Santos, who POLITICO took to calling The Talented Mr. Santos, told lies. Lots of lies. Big lies and small lies. Long lies and short lies.
Santos told so many lies that people were left asking very fundamental questions about his identity: “Is he broke or rich? Is he Jewish or Catholic? Did his family members really die in the Holocaust or September 11?”
High School: Santos said that he attended the prestigious Horace Mann School but had to leave in his senior year because his “parents fell on hard times, which was something that would later become known as the depression of 2008.” However, a Horace Mann spokesperson said that there was no record of Santos having ever attended the school.
College: Santos said that he graduated from Baruch College in 2010, where he was a star on the volleyball team (meaning he would have needed just two years to complete the degree at a four-year institution (note: if you’re going to lie, at least do it plausibly)).
Again, a Baruch representative said there was no record of Santos attending the school (or playing volleyball).
Ditto New York University for an MBA. Later, Santos admitted that he “didn’t graduate from any institution of higher learning.”
Work: George Santos said that he worked at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup…. you already know where this is going…company spokespeople for both companies said they had no record of Santos ever working at their respective companies.
Santos Almost Universally Condemned
When Senator Mitt Romney confronted George Santos during the State of the Union, telling the rookie congressman he had no business being there, Romney was speaking for a lot of us.
I gotta say, having taken out loans to go to school, having taken entrance exams and final exams, and having ground through unpaid internships and all the never-ending bull of resume building, it’s a real slap in the face when a guy like Santos comes along, claiming falsely not just to have done what you’ve done but, in many respects, to be claiming to be superior to you.
Get lost, man.
And that’s the consensus – a consensus that Santos’s first primary challenger, Kellen Curry, is hoping to leverage into a congressional seat. Curry, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, is gunning for Santos.
“With a passion for public service and a strong desire to restore honorable leadership back to our congressional representation, Kellen is seeking the republican nomination,” Curry’s campaign literature reads. In a video on Twitter, Curry expanded, saying that he wanted to “restore honesty and integrity back to our congressional representation.”
I don’t know a thing about Curry or his policies – but I can say it’s going to be hard to root against anyone running against George Santos.
Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison listens to Dokken.