Republican Rep. George Santos, of New York, said circulating claims that he performed as a drag queen are “categorically false.”

Republican George Santos Says Claims Of Him Being A Drag Queen Are “Categorically False”

Republican Rep. George Santos, of New York, said circulating claims that he performed as a drag queen are “categorically false.”
Last week, Brazilian drag artist Eula Rochard posted an image on Facebook and Instagram of herself with a person wearing a red feathery dress, bright red lipstick, and dangling chandelier earrings claiming it’s Santos.

Republican Rep. George Santos, of New York, said circulating claims that he performed as a drag queen are “categorically false.”

His denial comes shortly after a Brazilian drag performer shared on social media an image of herself and another person in drag, whom she identified as the newly elected congressman.

“The most recent obsession from the media claiming that I am a drag Queen or ‘performed’ as a drag Queen is categorically false,” Santos, who has been the subject of international headlines for weeks for fabricating parts of his résumé, tweeted Thursday morning. “The media continues to make outrageous claims about my life while I am working to deliver results.”

Last week, Brazilian drag artist Eula Rochard posted an image on Facebook and Instagram of herself with a person wearing a red feathery dress, bright red lipstick, and dangling chandelier earrings.
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Last week, Brazilian drag artist Eula Rochard posted an image on Facebook and Instagram of herself with a person wearing a red feathery dress, bright red lipstick, and dangling chandelier earrings.

Rochard, who is identified as Eula Rorard in the photo, claims the other person in drag went by the stage name Kitara Ravache and is Santos. 

Last week, Brazilian drag artist Eula Rochard posted an image on Facebook and Instagram of herself with a person wearing a red feathery dress, bright red lipstick, and dangling chandelier earrings.
Last week, Brazilian drag artist Eula Rochard posted an image on Facebook and Instagram of herself with a person wearing a red feathery dress, bright red lipstick, and dangling chandelier earrings.

“Me with the American Republican congressman who wouldn’t leave my house,” Rochard wrote in Portuguese on the Facebook post. “Whoever said I was a liar, bite your tongue.”

On Tuesday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy confirmed Santos will serve on House committees despite previously admitting to embellishing portions of his resume.

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Santos lied about much of his professional background, family history and funding while campaigning in New York’s Third Congressional District, and many legislators on both sides of the aisle have since called for him to step down. Despite bipartisan calls for his removal, McCarthy said Santos will serve on committees, but he will not serve on any top House committees, according to The Hill.

Santos lied about much of his professional background, family history and funding while campaigning in New York’s Third Congressional District, and many legislators on both sides of the aisle have since called for him to step down. Despite bipartisan calls for his removal, McCarthy said Santos will serve on committees, but he will not serve on any top House committees, according to The Hill.

“He’ll get seated on committees,” McCarthy said at the Capitol Tuesday.

Though it is unknown which committees Santos will serve on, he will not serve on top House committees like Appropriations, Ways and Means, Financial Services and Energy and Commerce, McCarthy said last week, according to The Hill.

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Following the initial reports of alleged embellishment, some lawmakers urged Santos to resign from Congress, but McCarthy argued that the voters sent him to serve, according to The Hill.

“I try to stick by the Constitution. The voters elected him to serve. If there is a concern, and he has to go through the Ethics [Committee], let him move through that,” McCarthy said, adding “he will continue to serve,” according to The Hill.

After lawmakers called for Santos to be removed, the representative posted on Twitter that he remains committed to serving. “[I] regret to hear that local officials refuse to work with my office to deliver results to keep our community safe and lower the cost of living. I will NOT resign!” he said.

Following Santos’ upset victory in November, media outlets reported that he had lied about portions of his resume, including claims that he worked on Wall Street and that his grandparents were survivors of the Holocaust.

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Santos was also accused of violating campaign finance laws by allegedly falsifying disclosures, concealing funding and using funds for personal expenses, according to The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a nonpartisan watchdog organization.

The CLC filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), saying Santos violated federal law.

A group of Long Island Republicans called for Santos to step down last week during a press conference, with the Nassau County Republican Committee Chairman Joseph G. Cairo saying, “He disgraced the House of Representatives.”

“I join with you, and I join with my colleagues in saying that George Santos does not have the ability to serve here in the House of Representatives and should resign,” Long Island Republican Rep. Anthony D’Esposito said during the conference.

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