Disputed Representative George Santos, RN.Y., admitted to dressing up as a woman “for fun” at a party in Brazil, but denied ever performing as a drag queen.
Santos made the comments to reporters when he was caught at the airport on Saturday, days after he first denied reports of his past as a drag queen as “categorically false.”
“No, I wasn’t a drag queen in Brazil, guys. I was young and I was having fun at a festival. Sue me for having a life,” Santos told reporters, according to the New York Post.
Santos is facing widespread calls for his resignation from Congress for lying about his resume on the campaign trail. Santos has admitted to making up most of his education and work history.
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Images released last week showed Santos apparently dressed in cross-dressing. Eula Rocharde, a drag queen who says he knew Santos during his time in Brazil, said Santos performed under the name “Kitara” between 2005 and 2008.
Santos initially dismissed those claims completely before acknowledging that he had dressed as a woman over the weekend.
“The latest media obsession claiming I am a drag queen or ‘performed’ like a drag queen is categorically false,” Santos argued on Twitter.
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“The media continues to make outrageous claims about my life as I work to deliver results. I will not be distracted or bewildered by this,” he continued.
Santos has been plagued by a slew of scandals since he was elected to Congress in November. Another recent incident saw a homeless veteran accused him of theft $3,000 in money raised intended to pay for his dog’s surgery.
Santos also denied that report. He said he has no knowledge of the alleged scheme, which involved in a good cause he claimed to have founded.
“Fake. No idea who this is,” Santos told Semafor when asked about the matter.
Santos faced his first major call to resign when Nassau County GOP leaders condemned him at a press conference on Jan. 11. Nassau County is in its New York congressional district.
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“George Santos’ campaign last year was a campaign of deceit, lies and fabrication,” Nassau County GOP Chairman Joe Cairo said in a statement. “He has no seat on the Nassau County Republican Committee, nor is he allowed to serve public service or as an elected official. He is not welcome here at GOP headquarters.”
Santos is embroiled in multiple local, federal and international investigations into allegations of fraud and fabrication of his past. During his congressional campaign, Santos falsely claimed that he graduated from college with a degree in finance and worked for Goldman Sachs and Citibank. Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly opened an investigation into Santos in late December.