[guest post by Dana]
Of course this is coming after Rep-elect George Santos voted repeatedly for Kevin McCarthy in last week’s battle to secure the House speaker position:
Nassau County Republican officials on Wednesday called on newly sworn-in Rep. George Santos, the Republican who confessed to lying about key details of his background, to resign.
“George Santos’ campaign last year was a campaign of deceit, lies and fabrication,” Nassau County GOP Chairman Joe Cairo said at a news conference with other party officials.
Cairo took aim at Santos for having “disgraced” the House and made clear that the freshman congressman is “not welcome here at Republican headquarters.”
“We do not consider him one of our Congress people,” Cairo said.
Well, maybe you should have done your due diligence in fully vetting Santos. After all, even a small local newspaper was wise to his ways well before the election.
Santos certainly doesn’t appear to be going anywhere:
I was elected to serve the people of #NY03 not the party & politicians, I remain committed to doing that and regret to hear that local officials refuse to work with my office to deliver results to keep our community safe and lower the cost of living.
I will NOT resign!
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) January 11, 2023
Hey, Nassau County GOP, you snooze, you – and the American people – lose.
UPDATE: House Speaker McCarthy commented about the calls for the newly elected representative to resign:
Leaving the Steering meeting, McCarthy said he was standing by Santos and would not call on him to resign. He said Santos would have to face the Ethics Committee but that the New York congressman would get some committee assignment.
“I try to stick by the Constitution. The voters elected him to serve. If there is a concern and he has to go through the Ethics, we’ll let him move through that, but right now, the voters have a voice in the decision … so he will continue to serve,” McCarthy said.
“He’s gonna have to build the trust here and he’s gonna have the opportunity to try to do that. … Is there a charge against him? In America today, you are innocent until proven guilty.”
McCarthy has also said that Santos would not be be seated on any top committees but that he would be seated on one committee.