Rep. Max Miller (R-Ohio) called on Rep. George Santos (RN.Y.) to resign on Thursday, joining a small group of House Republicans who have called for the scandal-ridden legislator to step aside.
“I believe voters have a right to hold government officials to the highest standard of honesty and trustworthiness,” Miller said in a statement, first reported by Cleveland.com. “The people’s representatives must respect the need for transparency and openness with Americans. It is not right to fabricate or lie for political gain.”
Santos’ calls for resignation come after revelations that the first-term lawmaker lied about much of his resume during the campaign and new concerns about his finances have arisen. Santos now faces multiple investigations into possible ethics and campaign finance violations.
Five other first-term Republican New York lawmakers – Representatives Anthony D’Esposito, Nick Langworthy, Nick LaLota, Brandon Williams and Mike Lawler – called on Santos to resign on Wednesday after the County Republican Party chairman Nassau made a similar call.
“It is clear that George Santos has lost the trust and support of his party, his constituents and his peers,” Lawler said in a statement. “With the extent and gravity of the allegations against him, his inability to take full responsibility for his conduct and the numerous ongoing investigations, I believe he is unable to discharge his duties and must resign.”
Representative Nancy Mace (RS.C.) is so far the only non-freshman lawmaker to call for Santos’ resignation.
Despite the backlash, Santos has pledged not to resign and appears to have lukewarm support from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California).
“The voters in his district elected him. He’s sitting. He’s part of the Republican conference,” McCarthy told reporters on Thursday, according to CNN.
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