Republican Paul Gosar's own siblings star in Democrat campaign ad

Toby Graves
September 23, 2018

"These disgruntled Hillary (Clinton) supporters are related by blood to me but like leftists everywhere, they put political ideology before family", he wrote on Twitter.

But the family of Republican congressman Paul Gosar, who is running for re-election in a deeply conservative Arizona district, has offered a unified message to voters in a blistering political attack ad.

"Those of my siblings who chose to film ads against me are all liberal Democrats who hate President Trump", Gosar told CNN in a statement Saturday, responding to the ad.

"Stalin would be proud", he added. Brother Pete, who ran for governor of Wyoming in 2014 as a Democrat, does not appear in the ads.

"You can't pick your family", another tweet stated.

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.

"It would be hard to see my brother as anything but a racist", Mr Gosar's sister Grace tells voters in another upcoming advert, according to The Phoenix New Times.

Bernadette Gosar, the siblings' 85-year-old mother, told The New York Times she was "shocked" and "crushed" when she heard about the campaign videos made by the Gosar children for Brill, who she said "doesn't have a chance" to beat her son. "I bet he would be researching what is the most insightful water policy to help the environment of Arizona sustain itself and be successful".

David Gosar suggested to the New Times that his brother's health may be deteriorating. "Those aren't our family values or the values of the small Wyoming town we grew up in".

Paul Gosar is known as an immigration hard-liner.

In addition to the ads, Joan, who lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho, donated $1,000 to Brill's campaign, filings show. Gosar has been supportive of President Donald Trump.

The rift in the Gosar clan is not the only sibling feud to wend its way into campaigning this year for Congress, as Democrats seek to retake majority control of the House and Senate from Republicans.

It is not the first time the Gosar family's political disagreements have spilled out in the open. "And intervention time means that you go to vote, and you go to vote Paul out".

"None of this is pleasant for any of us", David Gosar said in the advertisement before his other siblings echoed the same thought.

Gosar, however, can probably rest easy: political forecasting site FiveThirtyEight now gives his opponent a less than one percent chance of an upset victory.

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