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Representative-elect George Santos admits to lying about his past

Rep.-elect George Santos, R-N.Y., admitted Monday that he lied about his job expertise and school training throughout his profitable marketing campaign for a seat within the U.S. House.

In an interview with the New York Post, Santos stated: “My sins here are embellishing my resume. I’m sorry.”

He additionally advised the newspaper: “I campaigned talking about the people’s concerns, not my resume” and added, “I intend to deliver on the promises I made during the campaign.”

The New York Times raised questions final week about the life story that Santos, 34, had offered throughout his marketing campaign.

The Queens resident had stated he had obtained a level from Baruch College in New York, however the college stated that could not be confirmed.

On Monday, Santos acknowledged: “I didn’t graduate from any institution of higher learning. I’m embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume.”

He added: “I own up to that. … We do stupid things in life.”

A spokesperson from Baruch College had beforehand advised CBS News that no report of his attendance might be discovered.  

Santos had additionally stated he had labored for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, however representatives from each corporations advised CBS News final week that they might not verify Santos’ employment.

Santos advised the Post he had “never worked directly” for both monetary agency, saying he had used a “poor choice of words.”

He advised the Post that Link Bridge, an funding company the place he was a vice chairman, did business with each.

An earlier model of Santos’ marketing campaign web site acknowledged, “George Anthony began working at Citigroup as an associate and quickly advanced to become an associate asset manager in the real asset division of the firm,” and within the subsequent paragraph talked about that “George Anthony was then offered an exciting opportunity with Goldman Sachs but what he thought would be the pinnacle of his career was not as fulfilling as he had anticipated.” Neither financial institution is at the moment named on his web site.  

Another information outlet, the Jewish American website The Forward, had questioned a declare on Santos’ marketing campaign web site that his grandparents “fled Jewish persecution in Ukraine, settled in Belgium, and again fled persecution during WWII.”

“I never claimed to be Jewish,” Santos advised the Post. “I am Catholic. Because I learned my maternal family had a Jewish background I said I was ‘Jew-ish.'”

Santos first ran for Congress in 2020 and lost. He ran once more in 2022 and gained within the district that features some Long Island suburbs and a small a part of Queens.

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