Rep. George Santos (R-NY) is in a beleaguered situation. Democrats desire his departure for obvious reasons: he hails from a swing district, and one fewer Republican in the House raises the likelihood of obstructionism by the GOP. Moderate Republicans desire his removal because they are cowardly and do not comprehend the game. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is the only person with a plan, yet he has refused to ask for Santos’ resignation.
He is also aware of the stakes, and if you’re wondering whether this is all about politics, the answer is yes. Currently, doing what is right can take a hike. We must retain Santos where he is, barring a criminal charge, in order to maintain our control over the lower house. This is the red line, and the Left is well aware of it, which is why the FBI is probing Santos’ 2016 GoFundMe effort (via NBC News):
The FBI is speaking with a Navy veteran who recently alleged that Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., essentially stole thousands of dollars from an online fundraising campaign intended to cover lifesaving surgery for his service dog.
Richard Osthoff told NBC News on Wednesday that he had been on the phone with the FBI and provided all requested records and information, including text messages dating back to his exchanges with Santos in 2016 about raising $3,000 for his dog Sapphire.
“I’m elated the big guys finally picked it up,” Osthoff said. “I turned over all my text messages and I’m in the process of turning over everything related to the GoFundMe campaign.”
Politico first reported on the scope of the FBI’s investigation. An FBI spokesman in New York declined comment, as did a spokesperson for the Eastern District of New York.
Osthoff’s allegations drew national attention after Patch.com first reported on his claims that the funds Santos helped raise on GoFundMe through a charity group linked to the lawmaker were never made available.
All of this over a dead dog?
Given the FBI’s propensity to perform the Democrats’ dirty work, I am dubious. The timing of the probe after the media attacked this individual seems suspicious. Nothing has succeeded in removing Santos from his position, despite the fact that he lied about his heritage—he claimed to be Jewish—and that he may be a drag queen in Brazil. He has learnt that you must never yield to the Left or their rules; you must play by them. Never apologize; doubling down is the name of the game in this situation, and leftists need something illegal to shift the needle. Kurt has a fantastic essay in which he argues that Santos is not just a “legend,” but also not significantly worse than the other slime that inhabits the Capitol building. This structure is not a church; it is a cesspool. Even if the shadier rumors are accurate, Santos appears to be at home.