Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York, held nothing back when speaking on widely controversial Congressman George Santos. After making headlines across the nation for several months now in regard to his past, questionable behaviors, and otherwise reports that he may have fabricated certain facts about his resume and financial history, Hochul labeled Santos a “huge distraction.”
As if to emphasize that, Santos was recently excluded from a bipartisan meeting with New York’s Congressional delegation hosted by Hochul herself.
“I want him gone,” she said plainly, mincing no words. “I did not invite him to my bipartisan meeting because I didn’t think it would be productive, and also, he’s not on any committees.”
She continued: “We were talking about what members can do on their committees. So, he’s a huge distraction for our state.”
Moreover, several House Democrats recently banded together in order to submit a resolution to the House Ethics Committee in which they advocated for Santos’s removal. However, the resolution will likely never reach the floor for a vote, as House GOP leadership have been very adamant in their refusal to call for the Long Island Republican’s resignation.
Moreover, widely recognizable Republican figures such as Matt Gaetz of Florida have notably stuck their necks out for Santos. Despite widespread criticism, Gaetz insisted that Santos should not be shunned by members of his own party, or by those sitting across the political aisle, as he goes through the congressional ethics process.
Anger surrounding Santos has been very prominent in recent times, but many have speculated that Gaetz is perhaps more sympathetic to Santos’s plight due to his own history of possibly career-ruining scandals.
The office of New York Attorney General, Letitia James, expressed not long ago that it was in the midst of deep investigations into “some of the issues” surrounding Santos and his eyebrow-raising history. As of now, the findings of that investigation have yet to be released to the public, but it’s widely believed that the probe is still taking place behind the scenes.
Just as well, law enforcement officials from Brazil came forward back in January insisting that they had plans to resume a criminal case against Santos in regard to his alleged use of a stolen checkbook.