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Newly elected MP George Santos admits he lied about his past

Newly elected MP George Santos admits he lied about his past

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Newly elected George Santos, RN.Y., admitted Monday that he he lied about his work experience and his higher education during his successful campaign for a seat in the US House of Representatives.

In an interview for new york post, Santos said: “My sins here adorn my resume. I’m sorry.”

He also told the newspaper: “I ran the campaign talking about people’s concerns, not my resume,” and added: “I intend to keep the promises I made during the campaign.”

New York Times raised questions last week about the life story Santos, 34, presented during his campaign.

Joseph Cairo Jr., chairman of the Nassau County Republican Committee, which includes much of Santos’ district, said in a statement that Santos had “violated the public trust” and said Santos would have to “continue to prove that he has learned his lesson.” But Cairo did not call on Santos to withdraw.

“He has a lot of work to do to regain the trust of the voters and everyone he represents in Congress,” Cairo said. But Cairo said Santos “must do the will of the public in Washington. Residents want him to provide tax relief and pass laws that will make our neighborhoods and our nation safer.”

Santos, a Queens resident, said he earned a degree from Baruch College in New York, but admitted Monday, “I didn’t graduate from any college. I’m embarrassed and sorry for embellishing my resume.”

He added: “I admit it… We do stupid things in life.”

A Baruch College spokesman previously told CBS News that no record of his attendance could be found.

Santos had also said he worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, but representatives for both companies told CBS News last week that they could not confirm Santos’ employment.

Santos told the Post that he “never worked directly” for either financial firm, saying he used a “poor choice of words.”

He told the Post that Link Bridge, an investment company where he was a vice president, did business with both.

An earlier version of Santos’ campaign website read, “George Anthony started at Citigroup as an associate and quickly advanced to become an associate asset manager in the firm’s real estate division,” and the next paragraph claimed that ” George Anthony was then offered an exciting opportunity with Goldman Sachs, but what he thought would be the pinnacle of his career was not as fulfilling as he expected.” Neither bank is currently listed on his website.

Another news site, the Jewish American News Site forward, cast doubt on a claim on Santos’s campaign website that his grandparents “fled Jewish persecution in Ukraine, settled in Belgium, and fled persecution again during World War II.” It said the documents showed his grandparents were born in Brazil.

“I never claimed to be Jewish” Santos told the Post. “I’m Catholic. Since I learned that my maternal family was of Jewish descent, I said I was “Jewish.”

Santos first ran for Congress in 2020 and lost. He ran again in 2022 and won in the district, which includes some Long Island suburbs and a small part of Queens.

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