Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D), whose New York seat was won by Rep-elect George Santos (R) in November, said in an op-ed published Tuesday that he was “succeeded by a crook” amid growing controversy. on Santos’ credentials.
Suozzi, who currently represents New York’s 3rd congressional district and will leave Congress after giving up re-election to run for governor, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that Santos “must be impeached by Congress or by prosecutors, as there is no indication that he will be compelled by his conscience to resign voluntarily.
“Of course, some candidates say and do anything to get into office and then abuse the public trust. In Mr. Santos, we have someone who abused the public trust even before he took office; it is mind-boggling to think what his actions and conversations in Congress will look like on behalf of his constituents,” Suozzi wrote in The Times. “I know from my experience as mayor of my hometown, as a county executive, and as a congressman that you can’t get things done without building trust with your colleagues. How can we trust Mr. Santos? How could it be effective?
House lawmakers have called for an investigation into the New York Republican after Times articles published last month noted inconsistencies regarding Santos’ claims about his personal and professional history, including his graduation from Baruch College in New York. and his work for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.
The Long Island Republican finally admitted he was guilty of ’embellishing my resume’ during an interview with the New York Post later in December, and a New York prosecutor, who is a Republican, announced later that he would open an investigation into Santos. .
It is unclear whether Santos will step down, although many, including Suozzi, have called for him to quit. The House GOP leadership has remained largely silent on the controversy given the narrow Republican majority in the House and Santos’ expressed support for a presidential vote for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif .).