According to reports in the area, troubled Republican Congressman-elect George Santos revealed on Monday that he had lied about his educational background and employment history but assured his supporters that he is still qualified to assume public office.
His admission follows a New York Times article that pointed out inconsistencies on his resume.
He apologized if he had disappointed anyone by embellishing his resume during an interview with John Catsimatidis of WABC radio.
Santos, 34, claimed to have attended New York University and graduated from Baruch College last week, but neither school could uncover a record of someone with those same names or dates of birth.
He admitted to not having a degree from any institution or university to a local New York City newspaper.
Santos initially claimed he had worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs but later changed his story on the conservative billionaire’s talk program, revealing he had never had a formal job with either financial institution.
He said to Catsimatidis, “Let that be a lesson learned for everyone. The way it’s stated on the resume, I have worked for, not on, at, or in.
Instead, he attributed negative headlines to the Times’ “elitist” reporters.
“I’m not going to offer any justifications, but many individuals exaggerate or somewhat distort their résumés or try to ingratiate themselves.
Not that I’m not accountable for it. I’m only stating that I have done so much fantastic work throughout my career.
Santos additionally asserted during his campaign that four of his employees perished in the attack at the Pulse nightclub in June 2016.
The Times discovered that the victims had no dealings with Santos.
On Catsimatidis’ show, the congressman-elect changed his story and said the four victims had been hired to work for the business he was then employed by.
When asked if he would sue Times for “defamation,” the radio host asked Santos.
Santos retaliated, saying, “I’m going to go through and look at everything, and just as they nitpicked at me, now it’s going to be my time to nitpick at both journalists who made it their purpose to smear me across this country and around the world.”
Santos defeated Democrat Robert Zimmerman in the November midterm elections, winning the 3rd Congressional District, which includes portions of eastern Queens and Long Island.
Santos declared, “I will be sworn in and assume office.” I’ll be able to contribute significantly as a member of the 118th Congress.