Protesters rally outside George Santos' NYC office, demand his resignation

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Thursday, February 2, 2023
Protesters rally outside Santos' office, demand his resignation
Activists in NYC continue the calls for embattled Congressman George Santos to step down amid accusations of campaign lies. Chantee Lans has the story.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The calls continued Wednesday for embattled Congressman George Santos to resign.

A coalition of more than half a dozen local activists groups protested outside Santos' district office Wednesday morning to add to the chorus of calls for his resignation.

The activist groups included the Working Families Party, Make the Road NY and MoveOn. Several local community leaders were present as well.

"You will not get away with this Mr. Santos," said William Bailey, senior director at New York Communities for Change. "One day you will have to suffer for all eternity to regret the deception you refuse to renounce."

MoveOn, a group that works to enact social justice and political progress, organized the protest and petition. The petition calls for Santos to either resign or be expelled.

The new calls for Santos to step down come one day after he recused himself from his two House committee assignments and sat down with right wing network OAN.

"I know that a lot of people want to create this narrative that I I faked my way to Congress, which is absolutely categorically false," he said in the OAN exclusive.

Santos has however admitted to lying to Queens and Long Island voters about his education, employment and family heritage.

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Also Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission made public the resignation letter it received from Santos' longtime treasurer, Nancy Marks.

It came amid ongoing investigations into his campaign finances. And Santos' personal life is under the microscope as well.

ABC News spoke exclusively with several men Santos dated in the past who called the relationships toxic, said he promised them green cards and even used an alias.

"We need Anthony Devolder, I mean sorry, what's his name again? We need George Santos, it's time for you to step down," Bailey said.

The group of constituents outside the office Wednesday morning hand-delivered a 300-page petition with over 100,000 signatures asking him to step down.

"He has not shown enough remorse for his actions, he has removed himself from committees but if he's not fit to serve on committees, he's not fit to serve in Congress," said MoveOn campaign director Kelsey Herbert. "We will continue organizing in New York 3 and we're gonna work to vote George Santos out if he remains in 2024."

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