New York Republican Congressman-elect George Santos came clean about questionable aspects of his career and personal life.
In an interview with the New York Post Monday, Santos admitted that he fibbed about the claim that he worked for financial titans Goldman Sachs and Citigroup; he also admitted that he did not graduate from college. Furthermore, Santos admitted that he embellished some of the details of his personal life, his religion, and his sexuality. However, he said that these controversies would not detract from his duties.
“I am not a criminal,” Santos said. “This will not deter me from having good legislative success. I will be effective. I will be good.”
As previously reported by The Daily Wire, Santos claimed he earned degrees in finance and economics at Baruch College and New York University. However, NYU and Baruch both confirmed to CNN and the Times that they could find no records of Santos attending either school.
Santos also claimed in his campaign biography that he has worked at the Wall Street firms Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. Both companies told CNN and the Times that they have no record of his ever working there.
In his interview with the Post, Santos admitted that he “never worked directly” for either Goldman Sachs or Citigroup. Instead, he said that Link Bridge, a company he worked for, did business with both firms as “Limited Partnerships.” Santos said he helped make “capital introductions” between clients and investors.
Santos went on to admit that he never graduated from any college. “I didn’t graduate from any institution of higher learning. I’m embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume,” he told the Post. “I own up to that … We do stupid things in life.”
Besides his professional life, news reports also surfaced that Santos lied about his personal life. New York court records obtained by The Daily Beast show that an individual with the name George Devolder Santos finalized an uncontested divorce with Uadla Santos Vieira Santos in 2019. The person in question also had a second initial of “A.”
Santos’ middle name is Anthony, the Daily Beast noted, but he also occasionally uses Devolder, which is his mother’s maiden name. His financial company is also called the Devolder Organization.
Santos’ campaign biography does not mention any past marriage to a woman but notes that he lives with his husband and their four dogs on Long Island.
In the interview, Santos admitted that he was married to a woman for about five years, but is now married to a man.
Another recent question mark concerning Santos involves his claimed Jewish ancestry. The Forward reported on Wednesday that the congressman lied when he said that his grandparents fled anti-Jewish persecution during World War II. Instead, a genealogical search showed his mother’s parents were born in Brazil instead of Ukraine or Belgium, as his campaign website asserted, according to The Forward.
Speaking to the Post, Santos said he was “clearly Catholic,” but claimed that his grandmother told him stories about being Jewish, before converting to Catholicism later in life.
Santos said that the false claims he made about his life will not diminish or detract from his effectiveness as a legislator. “I campaigned talking about the people’s concerns, not my resume,” he said. “I intend to deliver on the promises I made during the campaign — fighting crime, fighting to lower education, improving education.”
“I came to DC to bring results on those issues and that’s what I’m going to do,” he added.
Mairead Elordi and Dillon Burroughs contributed to this report.