Serial lying and now-indicted Long Island Rep. George Santos is an embarrassment who should resign, ex-congressman and Republican nominee for New York governor Lee Zeldin said.
Voters in the 3rd district that takes parts of Nassau County and eastern Queens are “embarrassed” by the first-term congressman who now faces criminal fraud charges on top of his pile of lies, Zeldin told The Post in an interview.
“The people who voted for him are more upset than the people who didn’t vote for him,” he said.
“If I were him I would have resigned.”
Zeldin said first-term Republican House members who are sure to face tough re-election campaigns in swing districts “don’t need or want” the Santos distractions.
Democrats are already trying to link their GOP opponents to Santos, who is accused of embezzling $50,000 in campaign money to buy designer clothing and pay personal expenses.
Federal prosecutors also allege Santos, 34, cheated his way to COVID unemployment benefits and lied to Congress on financial disclosure forms in which he claimed to be a millionaire, according to the 13-count indictment against him.
Santos, 34, pleaded not guilty at his first court appearance last week and then claimed he was a victim of a “witch hunt.” He was released on a $500,000 bond.
Zeldin and Santos shared a treasurer, Nancy Marks.
Zeldin dropped the following questions raised about Santos’ shady finances.
Santos had no immediate comment about Zeldin joining the chorus of Republicans who say he should resign.