Headline RoundupJanuary 11th, 2023

New York Republican Leaders Call For Rep. George Santos to Resign

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Freshman Rep. George Santos (R-NY) is facing calls to resign from local Republican leadership in his congressional district.

For Context: Over the past month, numerous reports have revealed that Santos fabricated significant portions of his resume— including his alma mater, work experience, and ancestry. Santos initially denied the reports, but later admitted to the New York Post (Lean Right Bias) that he was guilty of “embellishing” his resume. Two fellow New York Representatives, Rep. Ritchie Torres (D) and Rep. Dan Goldman (D), asked the House Ethics Committee on Tuesday to investigate Santos.

Key Quotes: At a press conference on Wednesday, Joseph Cairo, the Republican Chairman of Nassau County, N.Y., called on Santos to resign, stating, “George Santos campaign last year was a campaign of deceit, lies, and fabrication,” adding, “he's disgraced the House of Representatives, and we do not consider him one of our congresspeople.” Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY), another Long Island Republican, echoed these calls, stating that Santos “does not have the ability to serve here in the House of Representatives.” When asked on Capitol Hill if he will resign, Santos said, “I will not.”

How The Media is Covering It: The ongoing Santos drama is being covered extensively across the spectrum. Fox News framed its article around Santos’s response to the resignation calls. Newsweek mentioned that Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who Santos backed in last week’s drawn out Speaker election, has not commented on the reports.

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