New York Democrats introduce Santos Act aimed at preventing candidates from lying about background
In light of the lies of Rep. George Santos, RN.Y., about his background, two New York Democrats introduced a bill Thursday that would require prospective congressional candidates to submit information about their education, military and training to the Federal Commission of Elections. .
Under the bill, any candidate who lies about their background could face up to a year in prison or a $100,000 fine.
Santos has admitted to a series of lies during his campaign for Congress, including two colleges he claimed to have graduated from and that he had grandparents who survived the Holocaust, among other lies.
“I didn’t graduate from any institution of higher learning,” Santos told the New York Post late last year. “I’m ashamed and sorry for embellishing my resume. I admit it … We do stupid things in life.”
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Rep. George Santos, RN.Y., has said he will not resign. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The bill, known as the Santos Act or the Prohibition of Another Non-True Office Seeker Act, was introduced by Reps. Dan Goldman, DN.Y., and Ritchie Torres, DN.Y.
“The web of lies that George Santos used to deceive his voters is a threat to our free and fair elections, and we have an obligation to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again,” Goldman said in a statement. “His entire run for Congress was based on a disinformation campaign designed to deceive voters. Santos lied about his entire biography and resume, including his religion, family history, education and professional experience. I am proud to join my colleague my congressman in New York. Ritchie Torres to introduce this critical piece of legislation to protect the democratic process.”
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The bill, known as the Santos Act or the Prohibition of Another Non-True Office Seeker Act, was introduced by Reps. Dan Goldman, DN.Y., and Ritchie Torres, DN.Y. (Photo by Laura Figueroa Hernandez/Newsday RM via Getty Images)
Torres said in a statement that he was “appalled by the level to which George Santos has deliberately and consistently lied to the American public about every aspect of his professional and personal life.
He called Santos’ fraud a “stain on our democratic process and threatens to corrupt the very institution I am deeply humbled and proud to serve. We must work to ensure that our elected leaders are honest and transparent with voters, and I remain as committed as ever to doing just that.”
A large number of Democrats and even some Republicans have called on Santos to resign, although a special election loss in his district could further narrow the slim Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
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Santos has said he will not resign.