Naysa Woomer has reflected on what she described as the “thankless job” of being communications director for embattled MP George Santos (R-N.Y.).
In a sharp new op-ed for The Hill, Woomer predicted that Santos “will go down in history as one of the most dishonorable members of Congress.”
Woomer was initially “attracted to his story of a moderate gay Republican who captured a blue district in New York,” she said in the essay published Wednesday, but soon found herself a “strongly ridiculed” figure as Santos’ deceptions came to light light came.
It was a “baptism by the atomic bomb,” she wrote.
Woomer left the position in May after just five months, admitting in the op-ed that she “probably should have resigned sooner.”
“I could no longer tolerate his lack of honor, his dysfunction in office and his uncontrollable chaotic behavior,” she said. “At the end of the day, I was willing to sacrifice a paycheck to walk away with my integrity.”
Woomer had no knowledge of the allegations against Santos before they were made public, she said. The legislature is at the door Charges of wire fraud and making false statements to Congress, among others. He was also accused of fabricating much of his backstory, from his education to his career to his athletic prowess.
Woomer now fears she is “tainted in a way that will make it difficult to find work in politics again,” Woomer added.