Who is the Representative-Elect George Santos? It turns out his resume may be mostly a work of fiction.
Santos, a Republican from New York, claims to be the “embodiment of the American dream.” But he may have misrepresented a number of his career highlights.
Now a leading New York Republican says that accusations that Santos faked much of his biography are “serious.”
The influential chairman of Nassau County’s Republican committee, Joseph Cairo Jr., said he believes Santos deserves the opportunity to address the claims against him.
The claims are big ones. Santos’s official biography says that he graduated from Baruch College with “a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance.”
That appears to be untrue.
Baruch College said it checked its records for “a George Santos, born on July 22, 1988, with the graduation year of 2010, and could not find a match.”
The accusations first appeared in the New York Times. The location matters because Santos’s campaign has used it to dodge answering the claims.
“It is no surprise that Congressman-elect Santos has enemies at the New York Times who are attempting to smear his good name with these defamatory allegations,” said Joseph Murray, an attorney representing Santos.
But Murray gave no facts, no evidence, and no documents to contradict anything in the article.
Santos also frequently points to his success outside of politics as an example of the American dream that he embodies. He claims to be a private sector guy born and raised in “abject poverty.” He said he came from a basement apartment to a successful businessperson to then run for Congress.
But both Citigroup and Goldman Sachs told the newspaper they had no record of Santos working for their firms, as the candidate claimed in his bio.
A Citizen spokesperson said they were “unable to confirm Mr. Santos’ employment with Citi.” And a spokesperson for Goldman Sachs also said “we have no record of his employment.”
It doesn’t end there.
Santos, who is gay, also claimed in an interview last month that his employees died in 2016 when a gunman opened fire at the Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
But the New York Times investigation could not find any links between any of the victims and companies or firms to Santos.