Will House Ethics Committee Deal with George Santos?
Newly elected Republican House member Rep. George Santos has made national news — as report after report confirms serial lies and misrepresentations he has advanced over the course of his public life. Will the House Ethics Committee deal with him now?
Representing Long Island, New York, Santos has admitted to lying about his educational achievements and work experience. New York prosecutors are investigating his ties to an alleged Ponzi scheme.
Credit is due to a small newspaper on Long Island, The North Shore Leader, whose investigative reporting and unbiased skepticism resulted in the uncovering of apparent lies about home ownership (instead of the two mansions he claimed to own, Santos and his “husband” live in a rental in Queens); inconsistent stories about family in Belgium (years ago) and Ukraine (this year); numerous aliases; allegedly stealing what he raised through GoFundMe for a veteran’s therapy dog; and claims that his mother escaped the South Tower on 9/11 (she has lived in Rio de Janeiro since 1999). This last potential lie is perhaps one of the most offensive for a New York congressman.
Nearly 60% of New York voters think Santos should resign. Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan strongly urged House Republicans to get rid of Rep. Santos: “Don’t give the world more reasons to laugh at our pretensions of good governance. Don’t give America more reason to disrespect ourselves. If you have to drag George Santos off the floor, do.”
Rep. Santos has admitted to lying about professional experience but refuses to resign.
The new chairman of the House Ethics Committee is Rep. Michael Guest of Mississippi, whose Twitter tag line is “Christian. Father. Husband.” He was photographed praying on the floor of the House during the extended speaker election.
— Congressman Michael Guest (@RepMichaelGuest) January 5, 2023
Politico reports: “Guest will hold the gavel amid major changes to an independent congressional ethics body, the Office of Congressional Ethics, in the GOP rules package this Congress. Established in 2008, the nonpartisan office investigates allegations of wrongdoing against members and, if merited, votes to refer cases to the full Ethics Committee, which is evenly split between the parties.”
Let’s lift up Rep. Guest and his committee as they consider what to do about Rep. Santos and other ethical issues. And let’s also pray for Rep. Santos. If you want a great resource to help you pray for these and other elected officials, download IFA’s classic prayer guide 30 Ways to Pray for People in Authority.
How is the Lord leading you to pray about Rep. Santos? Please post in the comments.
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