Six siblings of GOP congressman endorse his opponent in viral campaign ad

Joann Johnston
September 22, 2018

Grace begins the ad by telling the camera, "Paul Gosar the congressman isn't doing anything to support rural America".

"Paul's absolutely not working for his district", David says.

And not only are six of Gosar's own siblings endorsing Brill, they're appearing in ads for him.

Most political ads follow a familiar formula: tout accomplishments, public testimonials and wrap with the mandatory message of endorsement.

Gosar, 59, has represented the 4th District since 2013 and represented the 1st Congressional District for one term before that. When House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes released a memo that he purported would show those officials' clear bias against the President, Gosar claimed the document showed evidence of "treason".

Gosar's younger brother, Pete, was a college football player at the University of Wyoming, where the Gosars grew up, and Pete ran for governor in Wyoming twice and was the Democratic nominee in 2014, but eventually lost in the general election.

The siblings ad, released Friday, already has nearly 400,000 views.

In total, Gosar nine siblings.

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A man named Tim, a private investigator, says: "He's not listening to you and he doesn't have your interests at heart".

Next up is "Jennifer, medical interpreter" who says "If he actually cared about people in rural Arizona, I bet he'd be fighting for social security, for better access to healthcare".

So is this a shock move from David, Tim, Jennifer, Gaston, Joan, and Grace?

"I think my brother has traded a lot of the values we had at our kitchen table", said his sister, Joan, in the ad.

"We gotta stand up for our good name", David Gosar said. In that time, he's suggested, without any evidence, that liberal donor George Soros may have been a Nazi collaborator in a Vice News documentary.

Brill told the Phoenix New Times that he declined to meet any of the Gosar siblings "so they could be themselves". Congressman Gosar did not immediately reply to a request for comment. When Pope Francis visited Congress in 2015, Gosar was the only member of Congress who did not attend his address, because the pope spoke about climate change.

His district, made up of mostly rural western Arizona, is generally not considered competitive in November: Gosar won by more than 40 percentage points in 2016.

In another video, Grace Gosar said "It would be hard to see my brother as anything but a racist", according to the Phoenix New Times.

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