Naysa Woomer has reflected on what she described as the “thankless job” of being the director of communications for embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.).
Woomer was initially “attracted to his story of a moderate gay Republican winning over a blue district in New York,” she wrote. But she soon found herself a “highly ridiculed” figure as Santos’ deceptions were unearthed.
It was a “baptism by atomic bomb,” she wrote.
Woomer quit the role in May, after just five months, and said in the op-ed that she “probably should have resigned earlier.”
“I could no longer tolerate his lack of honor, office dysfunction and unmanageable chaotic behavior,” she wrote. “At the end of the day, I was willing to sacrifice a paycheck to walk away with my integrity.”
Santos faces charges of wire fraud and making false statements to Congress, among other allegations. He’s also been busted for fabricating much of his back story, from his education to his career and sporting prowess.
“Do people believe that I had knowledge of the behavior that drove the allegations against him before the press made it public?” Woomer wrote. “I did not.”
Woomer said she now fears she’s “tainted in a way that will make it difficult to find work in politics again.”