Did George Santos, the Gay Republican Congressman-Elect, Lie About His Background?

Did George Santos, the Gay Republican Congressman-Elect, Lie About His Background?

Several of George Santos’ assertions about his career and schooling could not be validated, according to a New York Times inquiry.

According to a New York Times investigation, George Santos, the homosexual Republican who won a House seat last month, may have misrepresented statements about his job background and other details throughout the campaign.

The Times investigated Santos’ resume and discovered that some portions of it could not be verified. Santos defeated another homosexual man, Democrat Robert Zimmerman, in the election for an open seat in New York’s Third Congressional District, which encompasses part of Long Island’s north shore, in November. Santos is the first openly homosexual Republican elected to Congress; predecessors Steve Gunderson and Jim Kolbe came out while already in office.

According to the New York Times, Santos “built his candidacy on the notion that he was the ‘full embodiment of the American dream,’” having climbed from modest beginnings as the son of Brazilian immigrants to considerable financial success.

He claimed to have worked at two prominent Wall Street corporations, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, but the firms said they had no record of his employment there. He also claimed to have graduated from Baruch College in 2010, but no proof of that could be found. Friends of Pets United, his nonprofit organization, has no registration with the Internal Revenue Service.

He also claimed to head the Devolder Organization, an investment management firm, however there is little public information about it and no clients named. “And while Santos has described a family fortune in real estate, he has not disclosed, nor could the Times find, records of his properties,” the paper writes.

He once claimed that four of his employees were killed in the 2016 mass massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. ““But a Times review of news coverage and obituaries found that none of the 49 victims appear to have worked at the various firms named in his biography,” the story states.

The Times also discovered that in 2008, he was charged with stealing a checkbook from a guy in Brazil — Santos’ mother was a nurse, and the man was one of her patients — and that the matter has not been settled. The lawmaker was later evicted twice from Queens residences for nonpayment of rent.

Santos declined to meet with the Times after attending an event with anti-LGBTQ+ U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and white nationalists. According to his lawyer, Joe Murray, there 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.”

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