6 siblings of Arizona GOP congressman endorse his opponent

Posted September 23, 2018

"These disgruntled Hillary suppporters (sic) are related by blood to me but like leftists everywhere, they put political ideology before family".

Six siblings of a Republican congressman from Arizona seeking re-election in November's midterms have publicly endorsed his Democratic opponent - all but ensuring an awkward Thanksgiving family dinner this year.

In videos scheduled to begin airing on Arizona cable television on Sunday, the four-term conservative was peppered with rebukes from three brothers and three sisters, who urged voters to elect Democrat David Brill.

Congressman Gosar, a dentist before he went into politics and a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, was quick to fire back, calling his siblings Trump-hating liberal Democrats. "Stalin would be proud".

The ads were filmed several weeks ago in Jackson and Laramie, Wyoming, where the featured siblings live, according to the Phoenix New Times, which also reported that the siblings were contacted by Brill's campaign team after seeing their criticism of Paul on social media.

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But what if those family members wanted nothing to do with you?

He added, "To the six angry Democrat Gosars - see you at Mom and Dad's house!"

In one of the ads, entitled: "Paul Gosar Is Not Working For You", the siblings are introduced by only their first name and profession as they take turns to lay out the case against him. Grace has said about Paul, "it would be hard to see my brother as anything but a racist".

David Gosar told the Phoenix New Times that Arizonans would be doing their family a favor if they sent Gosar home, referencing what he said were his brother's weird statements and "mangled" language.

"I share the same philosophy and policies that Paul does", she said.

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"To speak up against my brother, it brings sadness to me", Joan Gosar said in another ad.

Paul Gosar first entered Congress in 2011 with the backing of the populist Tea Party movement.

In another spot, Jennifer Gosar said, "It's disgusting to have to do this".

But perhaps his most notorious moment came in 2017 in an interview with Vice News, when he spread a baseless conspiracy theory that the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that summer had been "created by the left". Gosar did not face a Republican primary challenger this year.

"This is a matter of right and wrong, not politics", the letter by Gosar's siblings stated.

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He said he's also upset by people who tell him that there's something wrong with breaking with his family or who make the situation into a joke.