If a candidate is caught in outright and abject lies should he still be seated?

December 28 – November’s midterm elections had a heck of a lot of surprises – and some of them are still coming out. 

The most recent one surrounds George Santos, who was elected to New York’s 3rd Congressional District on Long Island. It has come to light that a lot – and we mean A LOT – of what he told voters before the election were blatant lies. 

Santos said he worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup – not true. He said he graduated from Baruch College when, in fact, he hasn’t graduated from any institution of higher learning. 

Then there were the stories about his family history, including that his mother was Jewish and his maternal grandparents escaped the Holocaust. It turns out Santos is actually Catholic. 

He’s due to be sworn in next Tuesday. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “The heat is starting to turn up. Some cracks started to emerge yesterday among Republicans openly saying this guy needs to resign. One of the other newly elected Republican Congressmen from a neighboring district, he openly called for a criminal investigation on this guy yesterday. When you start to see this guy’s own party starting to coalesce saying we don’t want this guy in Congress, something needs to be done, he has problems.” 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “He’s only doing what we’re telling our teachers they’re supposed to do. They’re not supposed to look at real reality. It’s all relative reality. Subjective reality. Your own personal truth. I don’t think it’s very surprising somebody thinks that that’s okay to do. That’s what we’re literally telling Pennsylvania teachers to embrace and what we’re teaching our kids. So, no surprise.” 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “And we had the Wilson College president say to the community, ‘whether or not it’s true or not.’ It’s insanity out here. If he (Santos) was a man, he would not be seated at all. There’s no shred of decency in this guy. The stones on this guy. You know what? The people sent me here, despite the fact that I lied about my religion, I lied about my sexuality, I lied about my education. Lie, lie, lie, lie lie.” 

Barkdoll said, “This guy just doesn’t seem to get it. He sort of took this cavalier attitude like ‘well, everybody lies in politics. So here I am, too, and I’m going to go in there and do the job.’ There doesn’t seem to be any kind of introspection or apologies here. He acknowledges that he lied, that he embellished all these things, but he just acts like well this is the way I operate, this is the way Washington operates and I’m ready to go.” 

“The narrative is more important than the truth,” Jansen noted. “This is what we’re teaching young people in this country. Don’t be surprised when this is how they act because this is what we’ve been telling them is the right thing to do.” 

Ryan said, “’Whether or not it’s true or not, we will be perceived as a community unwelcoming.’ Whether or not it’s true or not. From the president of Wilson College years ago.” 

“This is academia today,” Jansen said. 

“Good grief,” Ryan lamented.