GOP Rep. Santos scores committee assignments amid calls for resignation
"He is going to have to build the trust here, and he's going to have the opportunity to try to do that."
Embattled New York Republican Rep. George Santos has reportedly received postings to the House Small Business Committee and House Science, Space and Technology Committee despite ongoing calls for his resignation from Congress even within his own party.
The House GOP Steering Committee's recommendations will need the approval of the full House Republican Conference before the controversial lawmaker may assume his seats, The Hill noted. While neither committee ranks among the chamber's most prestigious panels, the recommendations seem to indicate an expectation among Republicans that Santos will serve a full term in office.
Santos flipped a competitive district during the November midterm elections, during which he misled voters about his resumé. He falsely claimed that he had worked for both Goldman Sachs and Citigroup but in reality worked for a third firm that he says did business with both.
Moreover, his campaign website declared him to be a graduate of Baruch College, though he has not received any college degree. He even made dubious claims about his family's Jewish ancestry, asserting that his family had fled persecution from the Nazis. Reports have further cast doubt on that claim as well. Santos is a Roman Catholic.
Santos supported now-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy during the leadership contest and the leader of the lower chamber has not called on him to resign, insisting that he deserves the chance to serve the voters who elected him.
"He is going to have to build the trust here, and he's going to have the opportunity to try to do that," McCarthy said, per the outlet.