House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has fired back at Sen. Mitt Romney over his criticism of the appointment of a controversial GOP lawmaker to committees.
Rep. George Santos is in hot water for embellishing his professional record and other personality traits. Romney ambushed McCarthy, saying that Santos should not be mingling with senators and President Joe Biden following his State of the Union address.
Romney, who never called on Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California to resign after he was outed as having had a sexual relationship with a suspected Chinese spy or Democratic Senate colleague Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut to step down after lying about serving in Vietnam, said he was disappointed that McCarthy was sticking by Santos.
McCarthy hit back, saying that “Romney should be disappointed that Swalwell hasn’t resigned.” Santos, who secured another House seat for the GOP during the midterm elections, has admitted to fabricating his work experience, college education, and embellishing details of his personal life, religion, and sexuality.
In response to the ongoing investigations, Santos has requested a temporary recusal from his committee assignments until he is cleared.
Despite the ethics investigation, Santos remains committed to serving his constituents and delivering results for both New York’s Third Congressional District and for the American people.
Santos defeated Democratic Robert Zimmerman in the midterm elections, vowing to cut taxes, boost border security, and rally against cashless bail.
His victory over Zimmerman, who was vying to fill the Long Island seat after Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi announced he would be retiring to take a stab at New York governor, secured the first time two openly gay men ran against each other in a congressional election.
It’s no secret that the left-leaning media outlets would be quick to call out a Republican lawmaker in such a situation, yet when a Democrat is caught lying, their colleagues are quick to rally behind them.
Democrats were silent when Eric Swalwell was caught having a relationship with a Chinese spy, and when Richard Blumenthal lied about serving in Vietnam. It’s disappointing that Romney chose to attack a fellow Republican when he had not called for the resignation of Democrats in similar situations.
The American people deserve honesty and transparency from their elected officials, and Republicans should be held accountable when they fail to meet those standards.
However, Republicans are also entitled to the same treatment as their Democrat colleagues when facing investigations. It’s time for both sides to put politics aside and work towards restoring trust in our government.
In conclusion, while Rep. George Santos faces ongoing investigations and an ethics probe, he remains committed to serving his constituents and delivering results for both New York’s Third Congressional District and for the American people.
The fact that Democrats have been silent in similar situations only highlights the partisan nature of politics. Republicans should be held accountable when they fall short, but they deserve the same treatment as Democrats when facing investigations.
The American people deserve transparency and honesty from their elected officials, and it’s time for both sides to work towards rebuilding trust in our government.