On Tuesday evening, a disagreement broke out between Senator Mitt Romney and Congressman George Santos on the House floor ahead of President Biden’s State of the Union address. After the speech, Romney made negative comments about Santos to the press, calling him a “sick puppy” and suggesting that he should not have attended the event. Speaker Kevin McCarthy was asked about Romney’s remarks towards Santos and recommended that he redirect his criticisms.
Not clear what was said here between Romney and Santos pic.twitter.com/1ZqzW6WOCY
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 8, 2023
In response to Romney’s statement, Santos reminded him that he will never become the President. Santos, a 34-year-old first-term representative, is currently facing numerous investigations into his finances and a history of deceptive statements regarding his education, employment, and personal history. Federal authorities are looking into claims that Santos misappropriated $3,000 from a GoFundMe campaign set up to support a veteran’s sick dog and reports filed with the Federal Election Commission casting doubt on the legitimacy of over $700,000 in loans he claimed to have given to his own 2022 campaign.
Asked McCarthy about Romney saying he was disappointed that the speaker hasn’t called on Santos to resign. “Romney should be disappointed that Swalwell hasn’t resigned,” McCarthy said pic.twitter.com/Gp5U81efHD
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 8, 2023
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) February 8, 2023
Romney criticized Santos for his actions on Tuesday evening, as he tried to greet the President and Senators while positioned in the front aisle. Romney believes that Santos, who is currently under an ethics investigation, should have remained in the back row and kept quiet, instead of attracting attention to himself. Although some Republicans in New York have called for his resignation, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has not yet asked Santos to resign. Nonetheless, Santos has voluntarily stepped down from two House committees.
The tension between Romney and Santos has been growing since November, when Santos won a Democratic seat in a newly-redrawn district, helping Republicans secure a narrow majority in the House. Romney has accused Santos of “exaggerating his record” and “lying” about having graduated from a college he never attended. He feels that Santos should not be serving in Congress and should have already resigned.
The controversy between Romney and Santos is ongoing and it remains to be seen what will happen next. It is clear that both parties are passionate about their beliefs and are unwilling to back down. The situation will continue to be closely monitored as it develops.
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