NEW YORK (PIX11) — George Santos is set to be sworn in to the House of Representatives Tuesday to represent New York’s 3rd Congressional district, despite misrepresenting several parts of his life story during his primary and general election campaigns.
“I apologize if anybody feels hurt or betrayed,” Santos previously said during an interview with City & State.
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, retiring Republican Congressman Kevin Brady said “he’s certainly going to have to consider resigning.“
“Frankly he’s got to take some huge steps if he wants to regain trust and respect in his district,” Brady said.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has remained silent on Santos. McCarthy is currently in a fight of his own to secure support from fellow Republicans to become speaker of the House.
Political strategist Basil Smikle Jr. believes McCarthy “needs that Santos vote, and Santos has already said he would support McCarthy as speaker so they sort of need each other.”
“The process starts with the Office of Congressional Ethics which will conduct a preliminary review and then if the preliminary review finds that the allegations have merit, they will refer the matter to the Ethics Committee,” Torres said.
In a text message sent to PIX11 News early Tuesday, Joseph Murray, an attorney for Santos, specifically addressed an unresolved 2008 fraud case against Santos in Brazil, which has reportedly been revived.
“In the abundance of caution, I am in the process of engaging local counsel to address this alleged complaint against my client,” wrote Murray, adding that he has not been contacted by law enforcement from any jurisdiction about criminal allegations against Santos.
Murray went on to say that he was in Washington D.C., “looking forward to celebrating my client being sworn in.”
This article includes reporting from PIX11’s Kiran Dhillon.