Santos’ top aide resigns, states it is an ‘honor’

Santos’ top aide resigns, states it is an ‘honor’
Republican U.S. Rep. George Santos. (Photo courtesy of the Santos campaign)

Embattled Rep. George Santos’ communications director Naysa Woomer resigned from her position and said she was “honored” to do so, according to her resignation email obtained by Scripps News.

“With respect for my colleagues, the people of New York, and most importantly, myself, I am honored to tender my resignation,” Woomer said in her resignation email.

She added that “you never took one point of professional advice given,” presumably speaking directly to Santos.

Woomer’s resignation comes amid the representative’s 13-count federal indictment, including wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds and making materially false statements to Congress, to which he pleaded not guilty to on May 10.

Santos faced House expulsion Wednesday as representatives voted on the matter, but was saved by Republicans who voted along party lines and forced the vote to be decided by the House Ethics Committee instead. Republicans who voted against expulsion include Congressman Anthony D’Esposito (R-Island Park).

The resignation also immediately followed a May 17 video by O’Keefe Media Group that included Woomer stating she hopes Santos gets removed from Congress. In the video, based on a phone call between Woomer and an undercover reporter, she adds that Santos is “not a good person.”

Woomer began working in Santo’s congressional office in January at the start of his term.

She previously was employed as a communications specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and as a communications director for the Massachusetts Republican Party.

Efforts to contact Woomer were unavailing.

Blank Slate Media was not able to confirm Woomer’s resignation with Santo’s office. Efforts to reach his office were unavailing.

Newsday reported that Santos’ press secretary Gabrielle Lipsky confirmed Woomer’s resignation.

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