Local N.Y. GOP leaders to call on George Santos to resign

Last updated on January 11, 2023

Nassau County Republican leaders will call on Rep. George Santos to resign Wednesday for fabricating his biography to win his congressional seat, three people with knowledge of the plans told POLITICO.

“They’ll issue a rebuke of him for running as a complete liar in an effort to resuscitate the image of the party,” said one person familiar with the pending announcement by Nassau County GOP Chair Joe Cairo and other Republican elected officials, speaking on condition of anonymity.

That person told POLITICO in an interview that the announcement is necessary to help Republicans win future elections in New York’s 3rd congressional district, which is a swing seat formerly held by Democrat Tom Suozzi.

Santos has lied about everything from where he went to college to his Jewish ancestry. He’s being investigated by local, state and federal authorities.

The Nassau County GOP will officially make the rebuke at 11:30 a.m Wednesday at its Westbury, N.Y., headquarters. Two other individuals familiar with announcement confirmed the news to POLITICO.

Joe Spector contributed to this report.