Scandal-hit US politician George Santos has refused to take part in a drag show after Brazil’s gay pride parade featured him in a dress, necklace and earrings.
Video obtained by Reuters showed Santos being dragged in a 2005 gay pride parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Nitroi.
One performer, who goes by the stage name Eula Rochard, told the news agency that she befriended Santos at the parade — and that he performed in a drag show three years later.
Another person claimed she aspired to be Miss Gay Rio de Janeiro.
Santos dismissed the claims as “blatant lies”, adding: “I will not be bothered or bothered by it.”
He is the first non-incumbent openly gay member of the House of Representatives.
And Santos was yesterday appointed to powerful committee posts by newly elected Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
But the New York representative has come under fire for a series of scandals.
He has admitted that he did not graduate from college or work at the two major Wall Street firms listed on his CV.
Santos claimed his mother was inside the World Trade Center during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but records obtained by NBC News show she was living in Brazil at the time. His campaign website said his mother died a few years after the attacks. According to US media reports, he died in 2016.
He has also faced claims of dishonesty over his account of his Jewish ancestry. Claims he stole $3,000 from fundraiser to save veteran’s dying dog.
Santos was accused of hypocrisy after prominently supporting the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, which outlaws classroom discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity and calls it “don’t say gay.” “The bill has been named.
The under-fire politician has been called for by the House of Representatives and his local Republican Party colleagues to resign.
But national Republican leaders stand by him.
The party has a majority of just four in the House of Representatives, making Santos’ presence significant.
If he resigns, a special election in his Long Island district could result in a Democratic win.
Santos voted for McCarthy in all 15 votes needed to elect a Speaker to lead the House.
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