Siblings of Arizona GOP congressman back rival in stunning ads
Family feud

Siblings of Arizona GOP congressman back rival in stunning ads

Videos show brothers and sisters of Paul Gosar, previously condemned for comments about George Soros, telling voters to choose Democrat David Brill in midterm election

Six siblings of a Republican congressman from Arizona seeking re-election in November’s midterms have publicly endorsed his Democratic opponent — all but ensuring an awkward Thanksgiving family dinner this year.

Paul Gosar, who first entered Congress in 2011 with the backing of the populist Tea Party movement and is known for his hardline views on immigration, is odds-on favorite to retain his seat in the rural, conservative state when he faces Democrat David Brill this fall.

But that hasn’t stopped six of his nine brothers and sisters from featuring in a series of videos released Friday for the Brill campaign, drawing surprised and bemused reactions as the family feud plays out across national media.

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.

“If (Arizona voters) care about healthcare, they care about their children’s healthcare, they would hold him to account,” says physician Grace.

Their last names and identities are finally disclosed in a “reveal” toward the end, before candidate Brill closes out the video to say he approved the message.

In a second video, called “A Family Defends Its Honor,” the siblings say that speaking up against their brother is personally difficult, but they feel compelled to stand up for what is right.

“None of this is pleasant for any of us,” says brother David at the start of the video. “We’ve gotta stand up for our good name. This is not who we are.”

In this Dec. 2013, file photo, US Representative Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., speaks during a Congressional Field Hearing on the Affordable Care Act in Apache Junction, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

“I think my brother has traded a lot of the values we had at our kitchen table,” says his sister Joan.

The congressman hit back on Twitter on Saturday, comparing his siblings to slavish supporters of Soviet despot Joseph Stalin.

“My siblings who chose to film ads against me are all liberal Democrats who hate President (Donald) Trump,” he wrote.

“These disgruntled Hillary supporters are related by blood to me but like leftists everywhere, they put political ideology before family. Stalin would be proud.”

In another tweet, he complained: “We all have crazy aunts and relatives etc and my family is no different,” before adding: “To the six angry Democrat Gosars—see you at Mom and Dad’s house!”

The siblings previously condemned the congressman’s false accusation in 2017 that wealthy Democratic donor George Soros was a Nazi collaborator in World War II.

“You know George Soros is one of those people that actually helps back these individuals. Who is he? I think he’s from Hungary. I think he was Jewish. And I think he turned in his own people to the Nazis,” said Paul Gosar.

The Arizona congressman also claimed then that Soros may have secretly organized that year’s far-right rally Charlottesville to slander nationalists.

Gosar currently represents a sprawling district in northeastern and central Arizona.

Pete Gosar, another sibling who ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for governor of Wyoming in 2014, does not appear in the ad, though he has publicly criticized his brother’s views in the past.

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.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. administers the House oath of office to Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington January 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

In the race to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce is confronting an ad in which his brother endorses the Republican candidate.

That upset Nancy Bryce, their mother, who has denounced the campaign ad in a letter that was recently made public.

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