Congressman-elect George Santos, who is out, confirmed that he had deceived voters by fabricating parts of his professional and academic history.In interviews with conservative-owned media outlets, The New York Post and WABC-AM radio, Santos, 34, admitted to some of the lies uncovered in a New York Times investigation.And while he did admit to those misrepresentations, he told the Post that still plans to take office.“I am not a criminal,” he told the paper.The Times investigation alleged that Santos lied about going to Baruch College before going on to work at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.
The college and those companies said they couldn’t find any record of Santos’s graduation or employment.He told the Post that he “never worked directly” with those two companies, but that he work with them through a company called Link Bridge.Santos also said he never graduated from Baruch or any college.“I didn’t graduate from any institution of higher learning.
I’m embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume,” he said. “I own up to that … We do stupid things in life.”The lawmaker-elect also came clean about his marriage to a woman.
Santos is the first non-incumbent Republican to be elected to the House. The Daily Beast reported last week that he was married to the woman until 2017.“I dated women in the past.