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Santos Rebuked by GOP Leaders

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The Nassau County Republican Committee and over 40 Republican elected officials have rebuked Congressman George Santos (R-White Stone) and called for his immediate resignation from the House of Representatives. The Chairman of the Nassau GOP, Joseph Cairo, and the elected officials condemned Santos’ campaign of ‘deceit and lies.’

“He deceived voters and has disgraced the House of Representatives,” Nassau County GOP wrote in a Facebook post. They added, “Santos has got to go!”

Shortly after, the leader of the Suffolk County Republican Committee affirmed his support for the Nassau GOP’s condemnation. In Santos’ previous 2020 run for congress, his district crossed into Suffolk County before the redistricting.

According to the elected officials, his fabrications have hurt people.

“The Suffolk County Republican Committee stands united with Chairman Cairo and the Nassau County Republican Officials in rebuking Congressman George Santos,” stated Suffolk County Republican Committee Chairman Jesse Garcia. “George Santos’ lies and deceit have caught up to him, and the public has had enough of Mr. Santos. He is not welcome in our Republican Party, and it is time for him to resign from the House of Representatives.”

“I join my Republican colleagues in calling for Congressman George Santos to step aside for the good of the country,” Assemblyman Doug Smith (Holbrook) told The Messenger. “At a time of unprecedented challenge, with crime on the rise and rampant inflation, New Yorkers deserve better. It is time to end the clown show and move New York and our country forward.”

Joining Cairo, Garcia and Smith were a litany of more critics—all in solidarity as they put Santos on blast. Despite the lack of institutional support, Santos has only doubled down in his public intent to stay.

In a tweet, seemingly in response to the outrage of party leaders, from January 11, Santos wrote: “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!”

While Twitter is often a place of opposing viewpoints, there was scantly a tweet in support of Santos, with most pointing to his campaign’s fraudulent nature and other questions surfacing about the congressman.

With regard to his position in the highly divided congress, Speaker Kevin McCarthy has publicly stated that Santos should not be seated on any top committees, with concerns that he poses a security threat.

Brian R. Monahan
Brian R. Monahan
News Editor for The Messenger Papers.