Questions remain over Rep.-elect Santos' resume following New York Times report
Rep.-elect George Santos has not said anything since a New York Times report called much of his resume into question.
The New York Times says it could not verify where Santos claims to have worked, where he went to school and even where he lives.
There are also questions about his financial disclosures and unresolved criminal charges in his parents' home country of Brazil.
Voters in the 3rd Congressional District protested outside Santos' former home in Queens on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Rep. Joshua Lafazan of the 18th District says what Santos did is enough of a disqualification.
"When an ordinary American goes into a job interview, lying about one line on their resume is enough for disqualification. What he has done is spat in the face of every resident in the 3rd Congressional District and said facts don't matter," Lafazan said.
Political strategist Mike Dawidziak, who mostly works with Republicans, says Santos not addressing the issue is working against him.
"This is basically crisis management 101," Dawidziak says. "You want to control the narrative and you certainly don't want your opponents controlling the narrative."
There have been several calls for Santos to step aside but Dawidziak says he could survive if he addresses the issue head-on.
"This is not something that has to be the end of a political career but he does need to get out in front of it," Dawidziak said.
News 12 attempted to contact Santos multiple times to hear his side of the story. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Republican has not publicly addressed the allegations.
The only response from Santos was a tweet on Monday of a statement from his lawyer. It said that Santos has enemies at the New York Times who want to destroy his good name.