A new report has revealed new alleged past transgressions by Congressman-elect George Santos, this time involving allegations by an ex-boyfriend.
Santos, a Republican, was elected to New York’s 3rd congressional district in recent midterm elections, defeating Democratic nominee Robert Zimmerman after incumbent Democrat Thomas Suozzi continued an unsuccessful campaign for governor. Several weeks after his election, numerous reports emerged claiming that Santos fabricated many aspects of the backstory he campaigned on, including his work history, education, religious background and charitable work.
On Sunday, a new report from the New York Times uncovered even more details about the elected congressman’s past, including more allegations of serial dishonesty. The report cited allegations from Pedro Vilarva, who claimed he started dating him in 2014, when he was 18 and Santos was 26. As Vilarva told the outlet, their relationship began to falter in 2015 due to various situations, including one in which he accused Santos of surprising him with tickets to Hawaii that didn’t actually exist, and another in which he believes Santos stole his phone and put it engaged.
Vilarva also accused him of lying about his jobs at the time, with Santos at one point claiming to work as an investor at CitiGroup, despite “never ever” working. As a result, Vilarva claimed he often ends up paying the bills.
“He used to say he would get money from CitiGroup, he was an investor,” Vilarva explained. “One day it’s one thing, one day it’s another thing. He never went to work… I would be afraid to have someone like that in charge – having so much power between his hands.”
Newsweek contacted Santos representatives for comment.
Following numerous reports of his claims, Santos admitted in late December to fabricating or exaggerating many aspects of his backstory, despite still being determined to serve in the House of Representatives. Santos previously claimed to be an “American Jew” whose maternal grandparents were Ukrainian Jews who fled the Holocaust in Brazil. Reports later emerged that said grandparents were actually born in Brazil and that his mother had neither Jewish nor Ukrainian ancestry. Santos backtracked on his claims, stating that “I never claimed to be Jewish…I said I was ‘Jewish'”.
Santos is now the subject of multiple investigations at the federal, state and county levels. Many House Democrats, including Joaquin Castro and Ted Lieu, have called for his removal. Rep. Ritchie Torres, a New York Democrat, also proposed the SANTOS (Stop Another Non-Truthful Office Seeker) Act, which would require candidates to disclose certain backgrounds under oath, so they could be punished for lied.