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George Santos’s “savvy” constituents are coming up with a “strategic plan” to get him out

Rep. George Santos
Rep. George SantosPhoto: U.S. House

As the accusations against Rep. George Santos (R-NY) – aka “Anthony Devolder” and “Anthony Zebrosky” – continue to pile up, many of his constituents are looking for ways to get him out of office. Some reportedly have come up with a “strategic” plan to get him out, while others are holding a rally today asking for his passport to be revoked, claiming he’s a flight risk.

Last week, Santos said that he would only resign if the 142,000 people who voted for him “tell me they don’t want me.”

Well, all 142,000 people who voted for him might not be conspiring to get him out, but many of them are.

CNN’s Eva McKend described the work his constituents are doing to get him out of office earlier this week.

“You have very savvy voters in this district, some of whom tell me that they are going to be coming to Washington soon and speaking to every House Republican that will listen in order for- in an effort to drive Santos out of office,” she said.

She explained that she is having “ongoing conversations” with some of Santos’s constituents.

“One of them told me they’re coming up with a strategic plan, meeting with other residents to really come up with a plan here to get him out of office. And then, also, putting a lot of pressure on their local officials to put pressure on [Republican House Speaker] Kevin McCarthy.”

“They’re showing up at town board meetings, they’re meeting with the other members of the Long Island Republican delegation, and really just trying to turn up the heat here,” she continued. “And I think after a while, they’re going to sort of be impossible to ignore.”

“House Republicans, they want to talk about a number of issues now that they are in leadership. What you will see in not too long are these folks roaming the halls, knocking on folks’ doors saying, ‘Hey, what are you doing to try to get rid of George Santos?'”

One effort some of his constituents are involved in is a rally today to get Santos’s passport revoked, calling him a flight risk. Santos allegedly left Brazil when he was facing prosecution for writing fraudulent checks and came to the U.S.

Nassau County legislator Josh Lafazan (D) will be at the rally today at LaGuardia Airport. Lafazan says he believes that there is enough risk of Santos leaving the country to avoid prosecution to revoke his passport.

Santos’s former roommate Gregory Morey-Parker appeared on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show yesterday and he accused Santos of making up a name – “Anthony Zebrosky” – so that he could raise money more easily from Jewish people.

For years, Santos ran a charity called “Friends of Pets” that was unregistered and supposed to help sick animals by helping them raise funds on GoFundMe. One of the people Santos helped with the charity accused him of raising $3000 for his dog’s surgery and then keeping the money.

“Well, he used Zebrosky for his ‘Friends of Pets United,’ his GoFundMe,” Morey-Parker said. “He would say, ‘Oh, well, you know, the Jews will give more if you’re a Jew. And, so, that’s the name he used for his GoFundMes.”

Santos has admitted to many of the lies about his family background, education, and employment history, calling them “a little bit of fluff” on his resume. He denies criminal wrongdoing but isn’t commenting on many of the specific accusations of campaign finance misdeeds and thievery.

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