He’ll be Congressman, not congressman-ish

B. Jay Cooper
4 min readDec 27, 2022

Congressman-elect George Anthony Santos (R-Fantasyland) “embellished” his resume as he was seeking election, he has admitted. Better that he admitted what he truly did — flat-out lie on his resume and about his life.

For example, he said he graduated from Baruch College. But he didn’t. He never even attended Baruch, according to the school. That, Santos says, is an embellishment, not a lie. I once worked at Yale University. It means I went “to” Yale every day to do my job, so I guess I could say I “attended” Yale because I was there every day?

His campaign web site stated, “George Anthony began working at Citigroup as an associate and quickly advanced to become an associate asset manager in the real asset division of the firm.” The next paragraph mentioned that “George Anthony was then offered an exciting opportunity with Goldman Sachs but what he thought would be the pinnacle of his career was not as fulfilling as he anticipated.”

A Goldman Sachs spokesman said they had no record of him being employed there and Citigroup said it could not confirm his employment. More embellISHments.

I capitalize “ISH” because another whopper of exaggeration by Santos during his campaign was that he was Jewish. But a check of genealogical records and other sources shows no family history of Judaism in the family’s background..

When Santos admitted his “embellISHments” this week he said he meant he was “Jew-ish.” Which is like being goy-ish, or successful-ish.

B. Jay Cooper

Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: bjaycooper.com.