Earlier this month, in his first on-file statement rejecting calls for his resignation after admitting to lying about large parts of his resume, a defiant MP George Santos insisted he would only resign if voters turned against him would. “We’ll find out in two years,” Santos said.
But Santos may not have to wait until re-election to find out. A new Siena poll, which for the first time asked registered voters in New York directly about their scandal-plagued congressman, found 59 percent of respondents want Santos to resign. 17 percent said he should not resign and 23 percent had no opinion.
Of course, the poll is just a snapshot of Santos’ tanking support across the Empire State. But if Santos’ tenure in Congress is truly based on the will of his constituents, as he claims, the poll isn’t good news, especially as several inquiries into his financial background gather steam. Let’s review just a few of the lies and untruths surrounding Santos’ short but tumultuous tenure in Congress so far:
My colleagues David Corn, Dan Friedman and Noah Lanard also recently addressed allegations that Santos cheated on a prominent GOP donor, Andrew Intrater, who also happens to be a cousin of a sanctioned Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. The Santos scandals are not limited to the United States either. As my colleague Isabela Dias from Brazil reported:
A popular Brazilian late night TV show called Fantastic aired a segment with new insights into Santos. The congressman reportedly used different names and nationalities — like Russian — on dating app profiles. He also used variations of his name, including George Devolder, Anthony Devolder, and Anthony Zabrovski.
The Brazilian TV show reported that Santos was living in Niterói in 2008 with his mother and sister, who died in 2016. In an interview, a woman named Adriana Damasceno claimed to have met Santos at a bingo parlor. Damasceno said they became friends and that during a trip to the United States in 2011 he left “Shopping under her name, withdrawing all the money she had in the bank and even pawning jewelry.” When asked if she reported anything to authorities, Damasceno said Santos boasted about having dual citizenship — American and Brazilian – available and she feels powerless to come forward.
Where will the Santos mystery take us next? I have no idea. But New Yorkers make it clear they are not amused.