Election 2020

Conservative Congressman's Siblings Record Ads Endorsing His Dem Challenger

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) walks down the House steps after final votes of the week on April 18, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

In what one brother called an “intervention,” six siblings of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) are starring in a series of campaign ads urging voters to kick their brother out of office.

The Gosar siblings endorsed Gosar’s Democratic challenger, physician David Brill.

The Brill campaign released multiple videos of varying lengths, all ending with the Gosars’ endorsements in the 4th District race.

Gosar has served in the House since 2011 and is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. He’s the oldest of 10 siblings from a Wyoming family.

The congressman hasn’t yet responded to the ads, which will soon air on TV, but Phoenix New Times reported that the Brill campaign got the idea for the videos after seeing the Gosars previously rip their brother.

After Gosar claimed last year that the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., was a creation of the left, seven of his siblings wrote a letter to the editor declaring that “Paul owes George Soros a personal apology.”

“This is a matter of right and wrong, not politics. We are aghast that Paul has sunk so low that he now spews the most despicable slander against an 87-year-old man without a shred of proof, and then doesn’t even have the guts or decency to apologize?” the siblings wrote. “…It is extremely upsetting to have to call you out on this, Paul, but you’ve forced our hand with your deceit and anti-semitic dog whistle.”

Brill told New Times that he hadn’t met Gosar’s siblings yet because he didn’t want to influence what they said in his campaign ads.

Gosar won re-election in the reliably red district with 71 percent of the vote in 2016. Brill said he’s hoping centrist voters come over to his campaign.