Rep. George Santos (R-NY) really accomplished something here. At virtually the last moment, he came from nowhere tho snatch the coveted Ethics Alarms Award for 2022’s Most Incompetent Elected Official from an amazingly credentialed group of hacks, liars and fools. There are Joe and Kamala, of course, each with multiple nominations here. All the big city mayors who have fiddled while wokism allowed crime to fester and spread. EA nominees for the honor: Brevard County (Florida) Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, GOP Reps. Scott Perry and Mario Diaz-Belart, Rep. Swalwell, of course, Senator Dick Durbin (as usual), Virginia Delegate Elizabeth Guzman, Rep. Louise Frankel, the ridiculous Rep. Matt Gaetz, twirking Rhode Island. State Senator Tiara Mack, Rep. Mary Miller, Mass. State Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa (who was horrified that the courts would stop unconstitutional uses of federal power), Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Virginia House Of Delegates Member Wren Williams.
But emulating the “Immaculate Reception” that made Franco Harris an NFL legend, the 1968 Harcad -Yale game 29-29 tie (when Harvard scored two touchdowns with less than a minute left) and Bobby Thompson’s home run (“The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!), Santos did the imposiible and made every one of his competitors look like Teddy Roosevelt. I posted last week about the emerging (and inexcusably late) discovery that many of the claims he made while running for office this year appeared to be false, concluding that he should resign his freshly won seat in Congress. Then Santos’ statements confirming the scandal, made after three days of thought, or the best he could do to approach thought, proved beyond challenge that he is even more of an ethics-free disgrace and menace to the public welfare than I initially thought.
“I am not a criminal,” Santos said during his interview with the New York Post, thus embracing Marion Barry’s infamous, “It it isn’t illegal, it’s not unethical” rationalization. “My sins here are embellishing my resumé,” he added, in a masterpiece of understatement. Since voters elect representatives based on their qualifications, “embellish” gives Santos too much credit. He HAD no credentials to embellish. He never graduated from college. He didn’t work at the prestigious Wall Street firms he claimed he had.
Santos confessed he had “never worked directly” for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, arguing that his bio’s claim that he was employed by them was a “poor choice of words.” You know, like “I am Marie of Romania” is a poor choice of words if you are not Marie of Romania. After admitting that he never graduated from any institution of higher learning despite his statements to the contrary, Santos said, “I own up to that … We do stupid things in life.” Oh! Well that’s OK then! Santos has no choice but to “own up” to all of his lies, since he’s been caught and exposed. Owning up is admirable only when a miscreant can escape accountability.
His campaign website stated that Santos’ mother was Jewish and his grandparents escaped the Nazis during World War II. He told the Post that he’s Catholic, and that he “never claimed to be Jewish” but meant “Jew-ish, because of stories his maternal grandmother told him. This is the same excuse Elizabeth Warren used to excuse her claims that she was a Cherokee, except that she never said she was Cherokeeish.
Santos also admitted to lying when he claimed that he owned 13 different properties, and admitted that he lives at his sister’s home. Conceding that he skipped out on thousands of dollar of rent owed to a landlord and has never paid the amount despite a court judgment against him, he told the Post, “We didn’t pay it off. I completely forgot about it…We had issues paying rent at the time. It’s the vulnerability of being human. I am not embarrassed by it.”
That’s signature significance right there. He hasn’t paid thousands of dollars to a man he admits he owes the money to and has for years, but he’s not embarrassed, because it’s just the “vulnerability of being human.” What does saying something like that—even once— prove? He’s a con man. He cannot be trusted regarding anything.
And, of course, he’s an idiot.
But wait! There’s more! “I campaigned talking about the people’s concerns, not my resumé,” Santos told The Post. “I intend to deliver on the promises I made during the campaign — fighting crime, fighting to lower inflation, improving education. The people elected me to fight for them.”
No, in fact they didn’t, you son-of-a-bitch. They elected the imaginary person you deceived them into thinking you were. Why would anyone trust Santos to deliver on a promise of any kind, large or small? The single thing Santos could do to prove he possessed at least one quality every elected official should have would be to resign, as I suggested in the previous commentary about him. He isn’t even competent enough to know when the jig is up, the die is cast, and the fat lady has sung.
Now Congress should vote to expel him, as they have the power to do, with Republicans leading the way. (See? I wrote that without collapsing in laughter). Still, George Santos now has at least has one honor he earned fair and square:
Most Incompetent Elected Official of the Year: Representative-Elect George Santos (R-NY)
Now you have finally have something genuine to put on your resumé, you putz.