Incumbent Republican congressman gets derided by his own six siblings in searing ad video for opponent
Paul Gosar, the Republican incumbent from Arizona was disavowed by his own family in an ad video. He hit back at them by saying "Stalin would be proud."
One of the most searing ad videos of the mid-term elections has surfaced thanks to the attempt of a Democratic candidate running a long-shot bid to unseat a Republican incumbent in Arizona.
The video clip features several people attacking Representative Paul Gosar head on for a range of issues from health care to immigration to the environment, claiming that Gosar is unfit for office. But here's the big surprise - the people disavowing the congressman are his own six siblings!
The ad, which made the rounds online Friday evening, starts off with what seems to be a regular testimonial for an attack ad. But towards the very end, Tim, David, Grace, Joan, Gaston, and Jennifer Gosar reveal themselves as the congressman’s own family members in an eyebrow-raising and unusual reveal. Then, they collectively endorse Gosar's opponent and Democratic candidate Dr. David Brill.
“If he actually cared about people in rural Arizona, I bet he'd be fighting for Social Security, for better access to health care,” Jennifer Gosarcan be heard saying in the ad. “I bet he would be researching what is the most insightful water policy to help the environment of Arizona sustain itself and be successful.”
“He's not listening to you, and he doesn't have your interests at heart,” says Tim Gosar, who makes the final plea to Arizona voters to elect Brill, before the Democratic candidate appears himself and "approves the message". Watch the ad video below:
In our new video campaign, six of Paul Gosar’s siblings talk about the values they grew up with and how their brother's actions and statements fail to live up to those values.— Brill for Congress (@Brill4Congress) September 21, 2018
That’s why all of them are endorsing Dr. David Brill for Congress.
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As The Independent points out, this ad is not the first time that Gosar’s family has publicly rebuked the Republican, who represents a district that stretches from northeastern Arizona down alongside the border until hitting part of Yuma, in the far south of the state - a district that covers largely rural parts of the state.
Last October, brother David Gosar told The Phoenix New Times that he and his family have been anything but shy in their attempt to warn Arizonans about the policies their brother supports.
“There's no dispute about our opposition to him,” David Gosar told the newspaper. “It's something that has been building for some time. Watching what he does up there in Congress. It's ridiculous.”
For his part, Paul Gosar was not going to take the vehement attack sitting down.
Taking to Twitter to express his feelings toward the awkward ad campaign, Gosar said: "My siblings who chose to film ads against me are all liberal Democrats who hate President Trump. These disgruntled Hillary suppporters are related by blood to me but like leftists everywhere, they put political ideology before family."
"Stalin would be proud," he added, perhaps taking things too far.
He then followed it up with a tweet saying you can't pick your family and everybody has "crazy aunts" and relatives and that his is no different. "To the six angry Democrat Gosars—see you at Mom and Dad’s house," he wrote, signing it off with a #MAGA2018.
My siblings who chose to film ads against me are all liberal Democrats who hate President Trump. These disgruntled Hillary suppporters are related by blood to me but like leftists everywhere, they put political ideology before family. Stalin would be proud. #Az04 #MAGA2018— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) September 22, 2018
You can’t pick your family. We all have crazy aunts and relatives etc and my family is no different. I hope they find peace in their hearts and let go all the hate.— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) September 22, 2018
To the six angry Democrat Gosars—see you at Mom and Dad’s house! #AZ04 #MAGA2018