If he is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 3, candidate George Santos of Queens would be the first openly gay person to serve New York’s 3rd District.
“I’m a gay Republican in New York State,” Santos said in an interview over Zoom. “I am probably a walking, living, breathing contradiction.”
The 3rd District, which Santos is running to represent, includes Manhasset, Roslyn, Port Washington, Great Neck, and Floral Park, among other areas, and stretches from Whitestone, Queens to Kings Park in Suffolk County. It is currently represented by U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), the former mayor of Glen Cove and former Nassau County executive who was first elected to the seat in 2016, won re-election in 2018, and is seeking another term this year after winning the Democratic primary over Melanie D’Arrigo of Port Washington and Michael Weinstock of Great Neck in June.
Santos, who was confirmed as the Republican nominee for the seat in February, was born in Jackson Heights and raised in various neighborhoods in the borough by his parents, both emigrants from Brazil.
A graduate of Baruch College with a degree in economics and finance, Santos began his professional career at Citigroup in its real assets division, then moved to Turkey-based hospitality firm Metglobal.
He briefly worked at Goldman Sachs before joining LinkBridge Investors, and now serves as the regional director of Harbor City Capital, an alternative investment group.
Earlier in the year, Santos’ campaign announced that the candidate had tested positive for COVID-19, one of the first confirmed cases in the borough of Queens.
As for the abortion issue, Santos, who says he grew up in a “religious household,” says that should he be in office for an overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court and should legislation toward banning abortion be put before the House, he knows how he would vote and would be in favor of criminal charges for doctors who performed them if outlawed.
“If it is set down for legislation that we’re going to ban abortion in the United States and I’m given an opportunity to vote, in that case, I will vote to support the ban of abortion in the United States,” Santos said.
He adds that as a New York conservative, he tends to be “more fiscally conservative but socially liberal,” and that he opposes the Green New Deal, a universal income, and Medicare for All.
“Now I’m totally in favor of paying for, you know, our own health care expenses, and I don’t expect the federal government nor the local government to pay the cost,” Santos said. “But don’t tell me that you have a health care plan that’s comprehensive for everybody you need when you’re removing the old policy, such as the terminally ill patients who were afforded the human decency of having end of life care without having to worry about money.”