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    Sunday, March 03, 2024

    Santos has a new job: Selling Cameos for $200 a pop

    Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., leaves the Capitol after being expelled from the House of Representatives, Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, in Washington. The House has voted to expel Santos following a critical ethics report on his conduct that included converting campaign donations for his own use, making him just the sixth member in the chamber’s history to be ousted by his colleagues. Expulsion requires support from two-third of the House. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

    NEW YORK — George Santos’ first gig out of Congress is selling Cameo appearances for $200 apiece.

    The disgraced politician on Friday became the sixth congressman to be expelled from the House of Representatives following a scathing Ethics Committee report alleging misappropriation of campaign funds. But supporters still wanting to hear Santos’ voice can hire him to record a video greeting.

    One of his first recordings is addressed to someone named Megan. In that clip, which lasts nearly a minute, the 35-year-old Republican offers advice on coping with criticism.

    “They can boot me out of Congress, but they can’t take away my good humor or my larger-than-life personality,” Santos said.

    Santos’ refers to himself as a “Former congressional ‘Icon'” on his Cameo profile. Those wishing to buy a personalized message can choose from topics including holiday greetings, gossip and advice.

    When Santos started selling video messages, they cost only $150, according to The Hill. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, by comparison, charges only $20 per message.

    In another sample Cameo clip Santos posted, he said, “It doesn’t matter if you either get fired from a job or if you find a new job, what matters is what you make of it.”

    Santos was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2022 thanks to a campaign built almost entirely on lies about his education, work history and family background. He was exposed by a bombshell report in The New York Times that generously claimed he “seems to have misrepresented a number of his career highlights.”

    Santos faces nearly two dozen felony counts that could send him to prison. He said at a press conference last week before being voted out of government that he didn’t know what his next move would be, but “ the future is endless.”

    A link to his congressional biography page shows a list of “Current Vacancies of the 118th Congress.” A special election will be held to fill the 3rd Congressional District seat Santos vacated.

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