The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) on Tuesday stated Rep.-elect George Santos (R-N.Y.) “deceived” the group and “misrepresented” his Jewish heritage, including the incoming lawmaker is now not welcome at its occasions.
CEO Matt Brooks stated he was “dissatisfied” in Santos after the congressman-elect admitted to embellishing key info about his life in two separate interviews on Monday.
“He deceived us and misrepresented his heritage. In public feedback and to us personally he beforehand claimed to be Jewish,” Brooks stated in a statement. “He has begun his tenure in Congress on a really flawed observe. He won’t be welcome at any future RJC occasion.”
Santos, who flipped a Lengthy Island Home seat for the GOP, admitted in interviews with the New York Put up and a neighborhood radio station that he fabricated components of his resume. He advised the Put up he “by no means labored straight” for Wall Road corporations Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and by no means graduated from New York’s Baruch Faculty.
“I’m embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume,” he stated. “We do silly issues in life.”
Santos had additionally claimed on his biography web site that his maternal grandparents are Jewish and fled persecution throughout World Warfare II earlier than settling in Brazil.
A number of information retailers have raised questions on these claims, citing family tree data that present his grandparents have been born in Brazil earlier than the Nazis rose to energy.
Santos advised the Put up he’s “clearly Catholic” and that his grandmother advised tales about being Jewish earlier than changing to Catholicism.
“I by no means claimed to be Jewish,” Santos stated. “I’m Catholic. As a result of I discovered my maternal household had a Jewish background I stated I used to be ‘Jew-ish.’”
Santos first got here beneath hearth for embellishing his resume when The New York Occasions revealed an intensive report difficult a variety of claims in his resume.
Jewish information retailers then started elevating questions on his heritage, resulting in an inquiry from the RJC. The group has hosted Santos at occasions earlier than, together with as a convention speaker and at a Hanukkah celebration this month.
Santos, who is about to take workplace in January, introduced final week he would quickly inform his “story” after going through the allegations.
Democrats at the moment are calling for the congressman-elect to resign or be ousted.
The opponent Santos defeated in November, Robert Zimmerman (D), can be difficult him to a particular election rematch.