Sibling rivalry? US politician’s family record ad for opponent

Ruben Ruiz
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 of Gosar's siblings appeared in a political ad Friday, condemning their brother and endorsing his Democratic opponent Dr. David Brill.

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. He added. "You can't pick your family". (Supplied) The six siblings one by one, use the commercial to speak ill of their brother and throw their support against democratic challenger Dr David Brill (Supplied)'We've got to stand up for our good name, ' says David, one of Paul's brothers.

He also approvingly shared a New York Times report that quoted his 85-year-old mother Bernadette Gosar saying she believes in "the same philosophy and policies that Paul does", leading the congressman to gloat: "I guess I really am Mom's favorite!" The siblings said they wrote the letter after seeing Gosar in an interview on Vice News where he suggested that last year's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., was instigated by "the left" and backed by billionaire George Soros.

'It's intervention time, ' says brother Tim Gosar, a private investigator.

In this December 2013, file photo, US Representative Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., speaks during a Congressional Field Hearing on the Affordable Care Act in Apache Junction, Ariz.

The six who spoke out are not the Congressman's only siblings. "Those aren't our family values or the values of the small Wyoming town we grew up in".

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First reported by Phoenix New Times, the endorsements quickly became a national news story, with political observers calling the ad campaign one of the most jaw-dropping they have ever seen. Paul moved to Arizona after college.

Gosar first won election in 2010, his first foray into politics, with the support of the Tea Party.

But the sharply personal ad is certain to generate attention for Brill's campaign.

Gosar's speech at a London rally for an extremist anti-Muslim group in July was unacceptable, his brother said.

"And intervention time means you go to vote and you go to vote Paul out".

In response to the ad, Gosar told CNN in a statement Saturday that the siblings featured in the ad are "liberal Democrats who hate President Trump" and slammed Bill for engaging "in this shameful attack". Arizona's ruby-red 4th Congressional District, which handed Gosar a landslide victory in 2016 with 71 percent of the vote, is seen as one of the GOP's least-flippable districts.

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.

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