The New York Republican and serial liar claimed to CNN that he could win a primary and a general election and voters do not care about his background or resume, most of which was fabricated.
‘Nobody elected me because I played volleyball or not. Nobody elected me because I graduated college or not,’ he said, referencing the lie he told about graduating from Baruch University and being a star on the volleyball team.
‘People elected me because I said I’d come here to fight the swamp, I said I’d come here to lower inflation, create more jobs, make life more affordable,’ Santos said in an interview that will air in full on Sunday.
This week a resolution to oust Santos, launched by his fellow New York Republican colleagues, failed on the House floor.
George Santos insisted he ‘absolutely’ would run for Congress again, even if his colleagues vote to expel him
The New York Republican and serial liar claimed to CNN that he could win a primary and a general election and voters do not care about his background or resume, most of which was fabricated
The scandal-mired Santos, 35, is still facing an investigation into allegations of theft and fraud by the House Ethics Committee, which will report its findings in two weeks. He could then be expelled.
More Democrats voted to keep Santos than Republicans to get rid of him: 24 Republicans voted to expel Santos while 31 Democrats, including top Oversight Democrat Jamie Raskin, crossed over party lines and voted not to oust the New York Republican.
Four Republicans and 15 Democrats voted ‘present’ on the measure.
They said they wanted to wait until a conviction to oust him, though the New York Republicans suggested political purposes were likely at play. For Democrats, Santos being in Congress drags on the Republican Party. For Republicans, Santos is one more vote in their slim four-vote House majority.
This week a resolution to oust Santos, launched by his fellow New York Republican colleagues, failed on the House floor
He faces 23 felony counts of crimes that include wire fraud, credit card fraud, aggravated identity theft and falsifying records.
Recently Santos pled not guilty to a slew of theft and fraud charges.
One case includes bombshell allegations that he embezzled cash from his company and conspired with his former treasurer to hit fundraising targets by falsifying donations.
Santos, who embellished huge parts of his resume in his run for Congress, has denied all the charges.
He had already pleaded not guilty to the previous slate of charges accusing him of lying to Congress about his wealth, applying for and receiving unemployment benefits even though he had a job, and using campaign contributions to pay for personal expenses like designer clothing.
Santos has been free on bail while he awaits trial.
He has denied any serious wrongdoing and blamed irregularities in his government regulatory filings on his former campaign treasurer, Nancy Marks, who he claims ‘went rogue.’
However, the former treasurer, who pled guilty to fraud, claims she helped Santos trick Republican party officials into supporting his run for office in 2022 through bogus Federal Election Committee filings.
Those filings made him look richer than he really was by listing an imaginary $500,000 loan, she has claimed.
During his successful 2022 run for office, Santos was buoyed by an uplifting life story that was later revealed to be rife with fabrications.
Among other things, he never worked for the major Wall Street investment firms where he claimed to have been employed.
He misled people about having Jewish heritage and is accused of siphoning funds he raised for a veteran’s sick service dog for himself.