Disgraced ex-GOP congressman George Santos was paid $343 by Democrat Senator John Fetterman to record a sarcastic video about another lawmaker facing an FBI probe.
Santos, who was booted from the House of Representatives last week, has now joined Cameo, where fans can pay their famous – or infamous – stars to record personalized videos.
One of his first clients was former Capitol Hill colleague Senator John Fetterman. The Pennsylvania Democrat senator enlisted Santos’ services to troll New Jersey Dem. Senator Bob Menendez, who – like Santos – has found himself in a quite a bit of trouble with the law over claims he was bribed by Egypt.
On Monday, Fetterman wrote on X: ‘I thought my ethically-challenged colleague @BobMenendezNJ could use some encouragement given his substantial legal problems.
‘So, I approached a seasoned expert on the matter to give ‘Bobby from Jersey’ some advice.’
In the video, Santos delivers some words of encouragement to ‘Bobby.’
‘Hey, Bobby! I don’t think I need to tell you, but these people that want to make you get in trouble and want to kick you out and make you run away, you make them put up or shut up!’ said a lively Santos to his front-facing phone camera.
‘You stand your ground, sir, he says. ‘And don’t get bogged down by all the haters out there.’
Santos, on the other hand, was delighted by the turn of events. ‘I love this! Wish I knew the Bobby in question!’ he wrote on X
One of George Santos’ first Cameo clients was Senator John Fetterman’s office, asking him to record a message for Senator Bob Menendez
Just days after Santos was expelled from the House by a vote of 311 to 114, he joined the celebrity short-form video message platform.
He is currently charging $200 per video and is described in his bio as ‘Former Congressional Icon!’ and the ‘Expelled member of Congress from New York.’
A Fetterman staffer told Business Insider that the Senator’s campaign office paid $343.20 for the Santos special, which included a charge to have the video delivered inside of 24 hours.
The staffer added that the former congressman delivered the video in just 16 minutes.
‘We did not expect to get it back so fast,’ he said.
New Jersey Senatorr Menendez has been accused by federal prosecutors – not for the first time – of taking bribes, including more than $480,000 in cash in exchange for aiding the Egyptian government.
Menendez has denied the allegations, which have also been made against his wife, Nadine Arslanian Menendez. The pair were jointly indicted in September.
Among other things, federal agents found bags of cash and gold bars in the couple’s residence.
Freshman Senator Fetterman has been an outspoken critic of Menendez since the indictment and quickly became the first Democratic member of the Senate to call for his resignation.
Menendez told reporters at the Capitol on Monday that he doesn’t think ‘Mr. Clickbait’s donors will appreciate him using campaign funds to enrich George Santos,’ referring to Fetterman.
Santos, on the other hand, was delighted by the turn of events. ‘I love this! Wish I knew the Bobby in question!’ he wrote on X after finding out about the Fetterman camp’s stunt.
Fetterman told CNN on Monday night: ‘I’m not anti-Santos … Of course, he’s done some really bizarre kinda lying and everything.
‘But if you expel somebody like George Santos, how can you allow somebody like Sen. Menendez to remain in the Senate.’
Menendez told reporters at the Capitol on Monday that he doesn’t think ‘Mr. Clickbait’s donors will appreciate him using campaign funds to enrich George Santos’
Santos was expelled last week days after the House’s ethics committee came back with a devastating report of his behavior regarding his campaign funds and beyond.
Aside from the committee allegations, Santos has pleaded not guilty to 23 federal charges, including multiple allegations of financial fraud.
Throughout his brief time in Congress, the gay lawmaker was accused of fabricating significant elements of his life story.
He, however, denied all charges against him until the very end and bid the Capitol adieu last week, declaring: ‘to hell with this place,’ following his expulsion vote.
Not many politicians are on Cameo, but Santos is no longer subject to campaign finance laws.