A growing number of people from both sides of the political aisle have called on Santos to quit over his made-up resume and ongoing investigations.
George Santos is a “sociopath” who thrives on negative attention, one fellow New York Republican congressman said.
“He’s a sociopath,” Nick LaLota said.
It comes after Santos’s confrontation with Rep. Mitt Romney at President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address made headlines the night before.
“He looks for that attention. Even negative attention drives him. It’s become an embarrassment and a distraction to the Republicans in the House.
“And every time I have to come to something like this and talk about George Santos, I can’t talk about what Republicans ought to be doing instead.”
Romney got into a brief verbal encounter with Santos moments before President Biden delivered his State of the Union address. After the speech, Romney told reporters of Santos, “He’s a sick puppy. He shouldn’t have been there.”
“Mitt Romney is right on this one. I’ve been clear on George Santos for months now. He does not deserve to be in Congress,” LaLota said Wednesday, adding that Santos had already broken the public’s trust. “He’s all about the rhetoric, he’s all about the drama, and he’s fallen far below the standard that we all should hold ourselves to.”
Republicans, including House members, have been calling for Santos’ resignation over revelations that he fabricated vast swaths of his resume, background and personal finances.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said last month that Santos will be removed from Congress if the House Ethics Committee finds he broke the law, the closest the California Republican has come to naming potential consequences for Santos.
There is a growing laundry list of congresspeople calling for Santos to step down. However, the representative has remained defiant that he will stay. Even his own constituents want him to step down, with a recent poll showing that more than 80 percent want Santos out, and another election to be called.