Santos’ shenanigans

Expelled congressman selling personalized videos for $200

Associated Press | 12/7/2023, 6 p.m.
George Santos already has a new gig.
George Santos

George Santos already has a new gig.

The former congressman, fresh off his historic expulsion on Dec. 1, has created a Cameo account where the public can pay for a personalized video message.

Screenshots of his account — with the bio “Former congressional ‘Icon’!” — started to spread online Monday morning.

By the afternoon, users, including several lawmakers, were posting clips of Mr. Santos offering advice, blowing kisses and making cracks about Botox.

“Screw the haters. The haters are going to hate,” he said in one of the videos shared by Nebraska state Sen. Megan Hunt.

“Look, they can boot me out of Congress but they can’t take away my good humor or my larger-than-life personality nor my good faith and the absolute pride I have for everything I’ve done.”

The price for a personalized video from Santos started at $75 and by Monday evening went as high as $200. He also is selling text messages for $10.

Mr. Santos did not immediately return a voicemail seeking comment Monday, but added a link to the Cameo account on his personal account on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Last week Mr. Santos was expelled from the House following a scandal-plagued tenure in Congress and a looming criminal trial. Mr. Santos became just

the sixth member in the chamber’s history to be ousted by colleagues, and the third since the Civil War. The expulsion came after a blistering ethics report on his conduct heightened lawmakers’ concerns about the scandal-plagued freshman.

The vote to expel was 311-114, easily clearing the two-thirds majority required. House Republican leaders opposed removing Mr. Santos, whose departure leaves them with a razor-thin majority, but in the end 105 GOP lawmakers sided with nearly all Democrats to expel him.

Mr. Santos, a once up-and-coming Republican, reportedly lied about having Jewish ancestry, a career at top Wall Street firms and a college degree, among other things.