US Rep-elect Nick LaLota said Tuesday that fellow congressman-elect George Santos should be investigated after the latter admitted to fabricating several claims about his work and educational record.
“House Republicans like me are eager to be sworn in and focus on our commitment to America and our respective districts,” LaLota said. “Yet, over the last few weeks I have heard from countless Long Islanders how deeply troubled they are by the headlines surrounding George Santos. As a Navy man who campaigned on restoring accountability and integrity to our government, I believe a full investigation by the House Ethics Committee and, if necessary, law enforcement, is required. New Yorkers deserve the truth and House Republicans deserve an opportunity to govern without this distraction.”
Santos campaigned in both 2019-2020 and this year claiming a work history with Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. He also claimed to have graduated from Baruch College; on Monday he admitted that he hadn’t graduated from any college.
Santos was elected in the redistricted Third District, succeeding US Rep. Tom Suozzi. Under redistricting the Third moved west and out of Huntington. He defeated Robert Zimmerman in November.
LaLota was elected to succeed US Rep. Lee Zeldin in the First District, which now includes Huntington.
The New York Times discovered the numerous discrepancies in his resume and claims last week, forcing Santos to speak Monday to the New York Post. Other media sources have since uncovered several other dubious claims by Santos.