Bald-faced liars can not be trusted with power
Stamford, Conn.: Congressman-elect George Santos must satisfactorily explain the discrepancies in his résumé or withdraw before taking a seat as representative of his Queens/Long Island district. The latest revelation (”GOPer lied about Jewish kin fleeing Nazis: report,” Dec. 22) is bad enough. But pile that on top of his other whoppers and he has disqualified himself as a congressman.
Santos went far beyond typical political puffery. The concoctions he put out there go directly to the essence of his candidacy. His claimed educational background and work history have now been shown to be pure fantasy. His published personal background appears to be a creative stack of fabrications. He cited his founding of Friends of Pets United as proof of his philanthropic work despite the IRS having no record of tax-exempt status. His alleged history as a successful entrepreneur has been exposed as a sham. He even failed to disclose criminal charges for check fraud in Brazil.
Virtually every credential that Santos ran on is unverifiable. And now, his financial disclosure forms are under serious scrutiny, too. Santos has dodged any explanation for these lapses. Instead, following a typical partisan playbook, his team has dismissed his lies by attacking the reporting as a left-wing smear.
It appears from the record that Santos is an unabashed pathological liar who was elected under false pretenses. He cannot possibly represent his district effectively. His constituents deserve better. In the absence of a miraculous explanation, Santos needs to find another line of work. Peter Janoff
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Living a lie
Chester, N.J.: There was a time when lying on your resumé was grounds for immediate dismissal. Now we live in times where lies don’t matter and facts are just opinions. I am a child of real Holocaust survivors (my mother made it to London on the Kindertransport and her brothers and sisters ended up everywhere from London to Israel to Shanghai; my dad ended up in Scotland but his 8-year-old brother did not make it out. None of their parents did, either). I don’t know what the laws are about recall elections, but as far as I am concerned, George Santos lied about his education, his businesses, his charities and his family. There is not much about him that appears to be true. Find the legal basis to send him home. Who would hire a liar like that? David J. Melvin
Got off easy
Brooklyn: The real joke about firefighter Marty P. Party kicking down and urinating in a Sukkot structure is that the NYPD gave him a pass on hate crime charges because he was drunk (“Firefighter desecrates Jewish hut: cops,” Dec. 24). Really, NYPD, you’ve never seen drunkenness and hate crimes go together? At a time when antisemitic hate crimes are on the rise, it really sends a terrible message to the Jewish community for the NYPD to determine that the destruction and desecration of a structure erected for a Jewish holiday was not a hate crime because, hey, the guy was drunk. I can’t help but wonder, would it have been different if Party (again, this is his actual na