- Former Representative Peter King in an op-ed in the New York Times questioned the effectiveness of George Santos.
- “How do committee witnesses take his questions seriously?” King wrote in the Times essay.
- King argued that Santos could very well threaten the re-election bids of GOP members from New York.
Former GOP Rep. Peter King has questioned the effectiveness of embattled Rep. George Santos in the halls of Congress and argued that the controversies of Congress could very well threaten other Republican members of the Empire State in the 2024 election.
King, who represented a swath of Long Island from 1993 to 2021, said in an op-ed piece for the New York Times, he felt it would be tough for Santos to serve a full term because of the level of trust required of him. to perform in such a high-profile role.
“Every time he speaks, every time he asks a question, the media spotlight will be on him – embarrassing him and unintentionally blinding the committee and the Republicans who put him there. How do committee witnesses take his questions seriously? committee members sit without stopping for this man among them?” King wrote.
“For a member of Congress to be effective, whether it’s through legislation or committee work or cooperation or trade favors or helping a constituent, you have to have relationships. It’s very difficult to do anything by yourself,” he continued. it on. say “After spending 28 years in Congress, I can’t imagine how Mr. Santos possibly thinks he can be effective as a member of the House, if he thinks about it at all. In the new politics -modern, I don’t remember another fresher who took office so completely lacking the trust and respect of his colleagues.”
King, the one-time chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, then took a swipe at Santos’ proclivity to falsify various aspects of his background, arguing that most members will take a clear lead from the Long Island lawmaker.
“Except perhaps for some ineffective congressional outliers, I can not imagine a member of either party working or collaborating with Mr. Santos,” wrote the former congressman. “And when you don’t have that, you just have to work your way through the workday – which apparently Mr. Santos is quite good at.”
Santos refused to resign after a New York Times report revealed that he fabricated much of his resume, including two fake degrees from Baruch College and New York University, both of which he never attended.
When Santos ran for Congress in both 2020 and 2022, he continued his work in the financial services sector to make a case for his election – highlighting his employment at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. However, neither company could find any records of his employment in their respective financial institutions.
Last week, Santos was assigned to the House Small Business Committee and the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California has not called on Santos to resign, saying the citizens in his district voted to send him to the nation’s capital.
But back on Long Island, some top Republican leaders called on him to resign.
“I don’t know Mr. Santos, but it’s hard to see him as anything other than delusional if he thinks he can perform or that the result of his continued service is beyond his own deepening shame,” King wrote in the op. – ed.
Republicans currently hold a slim 222-212 House majority, and King said Santos could seriously jeopardize the seats of vulnerable GOP members.
“Failure to do what is morally and politically correct could cause voters across New York to punish Republican office holders in a presidential election year because the GOP did not find a way to dump Mr. Santos, ” wrote King.
“As long as Mr. Santos remains in Congress, he is dead walking and will not be able to do anything for his constituents. At least for this one moment in his life, it is time for Mr. Santos to face face reality, do the honorable thing and resign from the seat in Congress,” he said.