Long Island and Queens constituents of the embattled Rep.-elect George Santos planned to rally in Douglaston, Queens Thursday morning, calling for him to face voters by opening a shuttered district office.
“His office in the 3rd Congressional District remains empty and unattended,” wrote Democratic Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan in a release, ahead of the 11 a.m. rally. Lafazan said he would picket outside the office, to demand that [Santos] actually face the voters he lied to, be held accountable for his actions, and resign.”
Lafazan protested earlier in the week outside Santos’ campaign office.
Three weeks ago, a New York Times exposé found that Santos lied about his heritage, his education, work history and other biographical information. Since then, countless other revelations have emerged about fabrications, and dubious claims Santos told on the campaign trail.Santos claimed to be the Jewish grandson of Holocaust survivors, though he later clarified that he’s actually “Jew-ish.”
There has been no evidence to support his claim that employed four people killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting. He followed up by saying that the mass shooting victims “were going to be coming to work for the company that [he] was starting up in Orlando.”
He’s also admitted he made up where he worked and what schools he attended, though looming questions remain about where he suddenly made millions, and how he funded his congressional campaign.
Santos is facing the threat of multiple investigations on the federal, state and local level.
While some members of New York’s Republican delegation have voiced concerns about Santos’ fabrications, they’ve stopped short of calling for him to step down. The party holds a slim majority in the House, with 222 votes.
Santos hasn’t returned various requests for comment over multiple days.