Democrat launches SANTOS Act to punish candidates for lying about background

Democrat Congressman Ritchie Torres has introduced a bill directly targeting ‘Long Island Liar’ and Representative-elect George Santos. 

Torres, a fellow New Yorker, is bluntly calling it the ‘SANTOS Act’ which stands for ‘Stop Another Non-Truthful Office Seeker.’ 

In a tweet Friday, Torres said the bill would ‘require candidates to disclose under oath their employment, educational, & military history so we can punish candidates who lie to voters about their qualifications.’

Santos’ background, education history and even ethnicity have been called into question in the 10 days after a story by the New York Times was published revealed he’d lied about having worked at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. 

Rep. Ritchie Torres

Rep.-elect George Santos

Democrat Congressman Ritchie Torres (pictured left) has introduced a bill directly targeting ‘Long Island Liar’ and Representative-elect George Santos (pictured right)

CNN reported late Wednesday that the New York Republican never attended the $59,800-a-year Horace Mann School, an elite private school in the Bronx. 

Additionally, newly resurfaced tweets show that Santos, who is Brazilian-American seemingly lied about having Jewish heritage. 

‘It was an honor to address fellow members of the Jewish community,’ he tweeted alongside a picture of the Rabbi. ‘Tonight I joined Rabbi Lau, the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel.’

The Times originally broke the story of Santos’ resume embellishments on December 19, reporting that there was no evidence that Santos had ever worked at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, as he claimed on his campaign website, nor did he attend Baruch College.  

Torres has fired off multiple tweets furious at Santos’ deception this past week and has previously called for a House Ethics Committee investigation.

At one point, he tweeted that Santos ‘pretended to be a gay Afro-Latino Ukrainian Brazilian Catholic Jew whose mother died on 9/11, whose ancestors survived the Holocaust, whose employees died in the Pulse club mass shooting, and whose net worth rose by millions overnight.’ 

The introduction of the SANTOS Act, which stands for 'Stop Another Non-Truthful Office Seeker'

The introduction of the SANTOS Act, which stands for ‘Stop Another Non-Truthful Office Seeker’

Rep.-elect George Santos reportedly lied about attending a prestigious prep school, a damning new report claims, as he's come under multiple criminal investigations for lying about major portions of his biography

Rep.-elect George Santos reportedly lied about attending a prestigious prep school, a damning new report claims, as he’s come under multiple criminal investigations for lying about major portions of his biography

The New York Times’ journalists went to where Santos is registered to vote and the address associated with a campaign donation he made in October, but the woman living at that address said she was not familiar with Santos. They were unable to track down the Long Island Republican where he said he lives.

Since then, a number of other biographical details have come into questions. 

Santos, who made history as the first openly gay Republican to be elected to the House, never disclosed that he had previously been married to a woman. 

There is, however, a record showing that Santos was married to a woman named Uadla Vieira, a native of Brazil, until 2019. The couple got married in 2012. 

He says he’s since married a man, but no news organization has tracked down a marriage license. 

George Santos (right) poses with his then fiancé at Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Eve. Santos was the first out gay Republican elected to the U.S. Congress

George Santos (right) poses with his then fiancé at Mar-a-Lago on New Year’s Eve. Santos was the first out gay Republican elected to the U.S. Congress 

Public records, however, show that Santos was previously married to a woman named Uadla Vieira, a native of Brazil, until 2019

Public records, however, show that Santos was previously married to a woman named Uadla Vieira, a native of Brazil, until 2019

In a 2019 campaign biography and in interviews, Santos claimed he attended Horace Mann Prep School, but then his parents had financial problems forcing him to drop out and get a GED. 

Late Wednesday, CNN reported that a spokesman for Horace Mann said Santos was never a student there. 

‘We’ve searched the records and there is no evidence that George Santos (or any alias) attended Horace Mann,’ spokesman Ed Adler told the network. 

‘They sent me to a good prep school, which was Horace Mann Prep in the Bronx. And, in my senior year of prep school, unfortunately my parents fell on hard times, which was something that would later become known as the depression of 2008. But we were hit a little earlier on with the overleveraging of real estate. And the market started to implode,’ Santos said on a YouTube show in 2020. 

CNN reported late Wednesday that the New York Republican never attended Horace Mann School (pictured), an elite private school in the Bronx

CNN reported late Wednesday that the New York Republican never attended Horace Mann School (pictured), an elite private school in the Bronx

The congressman-elect said in a 2021 tweet that '9/11 claimed my mother's life.' However, Fatima Devolder died in 2016 of cancer and it's unclear if it was 9/11-related. It's also unclear if she was an executive or a housekeeper

The congressman-elect said in a 2021 tweet that ‘9/11 claimed my mother’s life.’ However, Fatima Devolder died in 2016 of cancer and it’s unclear if it was 9/11-related. It’s also unclear if she was an executive or a housekeeper

Santos also wrote in a July 2021 tweet that ‘9/11 claimed my mothers life’ after someone with the Twitter handle ‘9/11 was a victimless crime’ responded to a tweet Santos had written about immigration.  

However, an obituary for Santos’ mother said she died in December 2016 – more than 15 years after the terror attack. 

Santos confirmed that date in a December 2021 tweet.

‘December 23rd this year marks 5 years I lost my best friend and mentor. Mom you will live forever in my heart,’ he wrote.

On his campaign website, Santos said his mother ‘survived the tragic events of September 11th’ having been in her office in the South Tower of the World Trade Center, but died ‘a few years later when she lost her battle to cancer.’

A New York Times report had described Santos’ mother as a ‘domestic worker’ or ‘housekeeper.’

However, his campaign website described his mother as a top executive.

‘George’s work ethic comes from his mother, who came from nothing, but worked her way up to be the first female executive at a major financial institution,’ the website said.

Republican Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly (right), who took office at the start of the year, told Newsday: 'The numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-Elect Santos are nothing short of stunning'

Republican Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly (right), who took office at the start of the year, told Newsday: ‘The numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-Elect Santos are nothing short of stunning’

Earlier Wednesday, Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly, who’s a Republican, announced that her office had opened a probe into the politician’s fabrications made before his victory in the November midterm elections. 

George Santos’ claims that are now believed to be lies or misrepresentations 

Having Jewish grandparents who fled Nazi persecution

Graduating from Baruch College

Attending Horace Mann preparatory school 

Running an animal charity

Losing employees in the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting

Working at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs

Owning rental property 

His ‘family firm,’ Devolder, managing $80 million in assets and paying him $750,000 salary 

9/11 being the cause of his mother’s death  

Newsday first reported the local investigation. 

‘The residents of Nassau County and other parts of the third district must have an honest and accountable representative in Congress,’ said Donnelly in a statement.  ‘No one is above the law and if a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute it.’

Santos is scheduled to be sworn in on January 3, when the U.S. House reconvenes. 

Despite bipartisan condemnation about his worthiness to hold federal office, Santos has shown no signs of stepping aside — even as he publicly admitted to a long list of lies. 

The Republican has other issues to worry about besides his resume – including the source of his newly acquired financial fortune despite recent cash flow problems, including evictions and owing thousands in back rent.

In addition to the freshly announced local investigation, federal prosecutors with the US Attorney’s office for the Eastern district of New York are also probing Santos’ finances and financial disclosures, according to CBS News.

‘Santos will be gone by the end of his term or well before then. He should RESIGN,’ Democratic New York Rep. Ritchie Torres said of the news.

Last week, New York state Attorney General Letitia James said she was investigating Santos but did not specify the focus. 

In an interview with Semafor, Santos tried to explain where his money had come from, after the Times discovered he had not worked as a ‘seasoned Wall Street financier and investor’ for Citibank and Goldman Sachs like he claimed.

Santos recently posted a photograph with 'one of my favorite people', Donald Trump Jr's fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle, calling her a 'true patriot' and 'warrior for the America First movement'

Santos recently posted a photograph with ‘one of my favorite people’, Donald Trump Jr’s fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle, calling her a ‘true patriot’ and ‘warrior for the America First movement’

New York GOP Rep.-elect George Santos has admitted to lying on his resume

New York GOP Rep.-elect George Santos has admitted to lying on his resume

The New York Republican seems to have gotten money from somewhere – filings from his 2022 campaign show he made between $3.5 million and $11.5 million from a company he founded – Devolder – and loaned his campaign $700,000. 

Those earnings were a sharp turn-around from filings from a failed 2020 run for office, when disclosures showed he earned $55,000 as a vice president at business development firm LinkBridge investors.  

Rather than working on Wall Street, Santos, who seemed to have financial troubles for much of his life, worked at a DISH Satellite call center from October 2011 to July 2012 in a breadline job based in the College Point section of Queens, living with roommates as he struggled to pay his bills.

On Tuesday Rep.-elect Nick LaLota (R-N.Y.), demanded a House Ethics investigation into Santos’ background and potential law enforcement involvement. 

‘I believe a full investigation by the House Ethics Committee and, if necessary, law enforcement, is required. New Yorkers deserve the truth and House Republicans deserve an opportunity to govern without this distraction.’ 

LaLota is one of the first New York Republicans to publicly ask for an investigation into Santos. Members of House leadership have, so far, kept quiet on the allegations. 

As many are left wondering whether Santos will be given committee assignments in the next Congress, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who was booted from her committees by Democrats for incendiary remarks against Jews and the left, jumped to his defense. 

‘I think we Republicans should give George Santos a chance and see how he legislates and votes, not treat him the same as the left is,’ she tweeted Tuesday, after praising him earlier in the day for ‘being honest with his district now.’


Author: Sahar Ever

This is Sahar Ever years of experience in the field of journalism, Sahar Ever heads the editorial operations of the Elite News as the Executive Editor.

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