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Incoming Rep. George Santos, Who Flipped a House Seat Red, Made Unsubstantiated Claims About His Past: 报告

Representative-elect George Santos, a Republican from New York, speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, 内华达, US, 周六, 十一月. 19, 2022. Democrats defied political forecasts and historical trends to keep control of the Senate in a win for President Joe Biden, as voters rejected a handful of candidates backed by former President Donald Trump.

Representative-elect George Santos, a Republican from New York, speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, 内华达, US, 周六, 十一月. 19, 2022. Democrats defied political forecasts and historical trends to keep control of the Senate in a win for President Joe Biden, as voters rejected a handful of candidates backed by former President Donald Trump.

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The education, financial history and backstory of incoming Republican Rep. George Santos is being called into question after 纽约时报 published a story Monday revealing that much of the soon-to-be-lawmaker’s background is mired in mystery.

时代 reports that the New York representative-elect, who flipped a Long Island seat red after winning his congressional race in November, built his campaign on being theembodiment of the American dream.But much of his campaign biography — including alleged stints at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, and an animal rescue charity he says he founded — has now been put under a microscope by the explosive report.

While Santos himself has not yet commented on the allegations, his attorney said in a statement to various outlets including 美国有线电视新闻网 that the allegations weredefamatoryand that the newly elected representativerepresents the kind of progress that the Left is so threatened by — a gay, Latino, immigrant and Republican who won a Biden district in overwhelming fashion by showing everyday voters that there is a better option than the broken promises and failed policies of the Democratic Party.

Santos, 谁是 34 years old and the first openly gay Republican to win a House seat as a non-incumbent, has previously made a number of claims that the 时代 was unable to verify.

Santos has said he graduated from Baruch College in 2010 和, on a biography on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s website, cites a stint at New York University. 根据 时代, neither school could find a record of anyone matching his name or date of birth who had attended.

Santos has also claimed he worked at Citigroup and at Goldman Sachs, though neither company could verify his employment (an employee at Citigroup told the 时代 they were unfamiliar with his alleged role at the company, and had previously sold off the division which he claimed to be a part of).

Claims about his animal rescue group, an allegedly tax-exempt organization called Friends of Pets United, are also murky. 这 时代 notes that the organization at one point had a Facebook page but that the Internal Revenue Service had no record of a registered charity going by that name.

Another company Santos worked for, Harbor City Capital, 曾是 declared a Ponzi scheme by the S.E.C., though Santos had denied knowledge of such a scheme.

His financial situation, 也, is something of a mystery.

Financial disclosure reports for his campaign paint a picture of success, showing that Santos reported a $750,000 salary and over $1 million in dividends from his company, the Devolder Organization. But the 时代 reports that it could not locate any public-facing assets or other property owned by The Devolder Organization.

As Kedric Payne, the vice president of a campaign watchdog group and a former deputy chief counsel for the Office of Congressional Ethics, 告诉出口: “This report raises red flags because no clients are reported for a multimillion-dollar client services company.

Santosfinancial situation is particularly strange given that, in years prior to his campaign launch, he appears to have struggled, 与 时代 reporting that he was evicted from a Queens apartment in 2015 由于 $2,250 in unpaid rent.

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During its investigation, 这 时代 discovered that Santospast is littered with legal troubles; he was previously charged after confessing to stealing the checkbook of a man who was in his mother’s care in Brazil.

His current address is also in question, 与 时代 reporting that a journalist went to the address where the New York Republican is registered to vote, only to find that the person who answered the door saidshe was not familiar with him.

As outlets including 公理 报告, Santoscampaign seems to have scrubbed its website of some portions of his backstory, with references to Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and his animal rescue nonprofit all being removed in recent months, according to archives versions of the website.

Santos is set to begin his term in January.