What should happen to George Santos?

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George Santos.
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Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) joined other newly elected lawmakers to take his seat in the new Congress this week, despite revelations that he made up parts of the work history on his resume and allegedly fudged campaign finance forms, too. Authorities in Santos' native Brazil also said this week that they were reviving a 14-year-old check fraud case against Santos, now that they know where he is. He even messed up again this week, releasing a statement saying he had been sworn in as a member of Congress — but that hadn't happened yet due to the GOP stalemate over Republican leader Kevin McCarthy's bid to become speaker.

After losing a bid for Congress in 2020 to then-incumbent Democrat Tom Suozzi by 12.4 percentage points, Santos jumped on then-outgoing President Donald Trump's bandwagon and said Democrats stole the election from him by fraud. Running again in a friendlier, redrawn district in 2022, he "recalibrated his far-right pitch, weaving themes into his campaign biography that might make him more acceptable to swing voters," says Charles Lane in The Washington Post. Santos, playing "against type as a gay Republican," also claimed to be a grandson of Ukrainian Jewish Holocaust survivors and the son of 9/11 victims — "baloney," in both cases. Now that he's made it to Washington, what consequences should Santos face for his lies?

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.