Naysa Woomer, communications director for embattled Rep. George Santos (R-NY), has resigned from her position, saying she was “honored” to do so.
In an email, she said of her departure from Santos’ office, “Unfortunately, you never took one point of professional advice given.”
The email adds, “With respect for my colleagues, the people of New York, and most importantly, myself, I am honored to tender my resignation.”
Her resignation came just over a week after Santos pleaded not guilty in the Eastern District Court of New York to seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds, and two counts of making materially false statements to the House of Representatives.
On Thursday, the full House of Representatives voted to refer a Democratic-led resolution to expel the freshman Republican Congress member to the House Ethics Committee.
A special legislative subcommittee of the House Ethics Committee is already investigating Santos.
Launched in March, their investigation is looking into whether Santos may have “engaged in unlawful activity with respect to his 2022 congressional campaign; failed to properly disclose required information on statements filed with the House; violated federal conflict of interest laws in connection with his role in a firm providing fiduciary services; and/or engaged in sexual misconduct towards an individual seeking employment in his congressional office.”
However, at least one committee member, former federal prosecutor Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY), has suggested that Ethics would not act on the resolution and instead defer to the Department of Justice.
“Prosecutors are going to ask the Ethics Committee to pause and let their prosecution go first,” Goldman said, adding, “That is the nature of how these things work.”
Woomer was with Santos’ office since his swearing-in back in January. Other Santos staffers will now have to handle additional communications responsibilities for the Representative, who’s often hounded by reporters.
Santos filed for reelection in 2024 on March 14.