But maybe it’s not hiring staff. year Arriving more carefully observed than those of Rep. George Santos, Republican of New York who since his election in November was buried in avalanche of revelations indicating that he is not the man he once claimed to be. He didn’t do for such as graduating from Baruch College (or play volleyball for this is team). And he doesn’t work for Goldman Sachs or Citigroup. And his grandparents didn’t run from Jewish persecution in Ukraine.
There is also questions about where money came from, how he funded his campaign and his work for a Florida company that is being sued by the SEC and is said to be a “classic Ponzi scheme”.
Despite the fact that he had to answer – or not to answer – these countless questions, Santos was gathering staff. for its offices in Washington and county, priority #1 for first-term representatives. This means interviewing job applicants, checking resumes, background checks, and finding people ready work for participant who is allergic to truth-telling.
recruitment for Santos could prove risky for staff. In conversations with more than a dozen former and current Republican and Democratic lawmakers and staffers, many wondered who go to work for Santos, especially lower-level higher staff, will someday be able to find another member of Congress. office to hire them.
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There are still public information available for just five positions held by Santos, including chief of personnel and communications director, according to LegiStorm, which tracks and publishes congressional hiring. Initial makeup of The staff of Santos seems to be missing the deep Capitol Hill experience which new participants usually tend to help they receive off to effective start and quickly adapt to the rhythms and requirements of Congress.
Santos hired Charles Lovett as his boss. of staff. Lovett served Santos campaign manager and worked for six months as a field organizer for Republican Party of Ohio, according to LegiStorm. He also served political director for Failed primary bid by Ohio Republican Josh Mandel for Senate. he did not work on Hill earlier. Vishwanag Burra, Santos operations director spent less year as special operations director for Representative Matt Goetz (D-Fla.), most recently served as Executive Director. secretary for New York Youth Republican Club.
His posts director Nice Woomer seems to be the most experience. She worked for three Republican members between 2014 and 2018 to moving to Massachusetts to be a bond director for State Republican Party and later as communications specialist for State Department of Income.
Raffaello Carone, Santos senior legal assistant, worked for three members of the Republican Party, but his tenure was short in every office. He spent six months as social media manager for Representative Madison Cawthorne (RN.C.), two months as Deputy Public Affairs director for Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) and a month as press secretary for Rep. Paul A. Gosar (Republic of Arizona), according to LegiStorm. He also ran a consulting firm that mainly worked for far-sighted candidates for Congress from the Republican Party. Gabriel Lipsky, who served Santos campaign Press the secretary will press it secretary and office manager. She doesn’t have Hill experience.
Familiar employee of Santos with during the hiring process, it was said that the LegiStorm site is not up to date and that the congressman’s offices in Washington and New York are “fully staffed.” Each member of Congress granted with eighteen full-time to distribute the positions of employees in their offices at their discretion.
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Woomer, Santos Communications director, said on Thursday that the congressman would not available for interview for this is story. Its employees, in her words, “all took this is on because we have an interest in voter service of 3rd constituency”. Santos staff did not respond to emails requesting comment.
Whether or not the Santos offices are fully staffed. already have to respond to pressure of inquiries from voters and others who usually fill mailboxes of Members of Congress.
Jimmy Keedy, Virginia Republican Party strategist whose career as a Hill collaborator included in senior staff for Congressional freshmen, said it was “obligatory” that a freshman member of Congress surround themselves with Hill Veterans who know what they do – otherwise they can end up underwater pretty quickly.
“Capitol Hill is not place where can you just know, walk in and figure out what to do,” Keedy said. “Many of rules there are many of rules and there are many of many pitfalls of these freshmen are making money because there is no staff around them who experienced.”
If new dick not focused on Keedy said constitutional services would get the voters right away.
“If you have members who decide, ‘I’m going to gut the services of my constituents, and I’m not going to [legislative director] – I AM just going to have six people on liaison staff,’ you know it’s ok – it can help you on Fox News, Keedy said. “But the component that was waiting for them veteran Benefits for six months, they won’t get service because it’s also Job of participant of Congress”.
On the top of affairs list for a new member leases area office or offices – and their equipment with everything, including internet, phones, tables, chairs and paper clips. And from day one they need to start responding to the incessant requests of voters in need of help with Social security checks, veterans issues and passports. And that’s all for now new dick gets acquainted with in politics of Washington and rules, official and otherwise of Congress.
Jeff Jackson, Democrat freshman from North Carolina, documents his first weeks in Congress on Instagram with messages on all including how new representatives choose their office space and explainers about financial information disclosure. He said he was hiring people with experience on hill and in his area was a priority.
“Having people come in who well versed in how do it gives me a lot of comfort,” Jackson said. in interview. “I’ve only been here for a few weeks, but I found out that there is a tidal wave here. of work hitting our office every day and it takes a whole team to stay afloat. If you are just one human on surfboard, they’ll crush you.”
it hard enough to get offices up and working in normal circumstances, but Santos is in serious trouble media examination. And he facing calls give up his place is not just from Democrats, but also from Republicans, including six Representatives of the Republican Party from New York.
This month, Rep. Anthony D’Esposito, a Republican freshman whose district borders Santos, said Santos “blatantly lied” and called on him to retire. And Nassau County Republican Committee Chairman Joseph G. Cairo Jr. said Santos no longer had support of Republicans in 3rd constituency. “George Santos campaign last year was campaign of deceit, lies and fabrications,” Cairo said during a speech on January 11. news the conference. “He dishonored the House of representatives, but we do not consider him one of our congressmen.
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Santos stated that he would not leave his seat. Speaker of the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy (R-California) who needs Santos vote as he clings to a narrow majority in house, eat also rejected calls for Santos to step down and said this month that Santos is legally elected and sat down without protest. House Republicans nominated Santos to the House Small Business and Science, Space, and Technology Committees.
Freshmen rep Chuck Edwards (RN.C.) is all too familiar with what can happen if the participants allow components of the service that should be neglected: It removes up mess left behind by his predecessor, Madison Cawthorne.
cathorn, who took office in 2021 at the age of 25 and out in scandal, prioritized publicity as a legislator. “I have built my employees are engaged in communications, not legislation, ”he wrote. in Republican email colleagues published by Time magazine in 2021.
After losing in GOP primary to Edwards, Cawthorne pretty much missing in some of his duties as a congressman. By October calls to his area office we met on voice mail noting that it reels down in office and take no new office work – even if the departing members of Congress usually keeps office open and transfer all files to the incoming participant so that there is no interruption of service to residents in their area.
Instead, Edwards said that Cawthorne left him nothing – “no files, no data, no anything“.
“We have to start from scratch,” he said.
He tried to get head start during service out remainder of his term in North Carolina Senate, encouraging voters who had met with silence from Cawthorn to contact his fortune office. He recently heard from students who thought Chowrne was going to nominate them military academies and freaked out as the deadline approached.
In the state Senate, he said, “our office the mantra was first in founding services. We have already made what office mantra of this congress office”.
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For staff who decided work for Santos, and future on Capitol Hill could prove difficult to negotiate, said George McElwey, who served as chief of staff for former Republican Congressman Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and was also the president of house chiefs of Staff Association.
“Especially for staff in those senior roles, people will wonder why they are there. Why do they keep on? McElwey said, who now a lobbyist for a bipartisan firm he co-founded. in Washington. “And it’ll probably hurt them at some point in their employment prospects.
McElwey doesn’t expect Santos to hang himself on employees who hope to make a career on Hill.
“Many of people in his office they’re probably watching the door and they’re trying to find a route to get to it. out,” he said. “They know this is not a stable environment for them in their political future”.