Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar’s Democratic opponent released a series of ads this week featuring six of the Republican’s own family members pledging support to his rival.
According to the Phoenix New Times, six of Gosar’s siblings — Tim, Jennifer, Gaston, Joan, Grace, and David — denounce their brother’s political views and say his positions on immigration, the environment, and health care have caused detriment to their family.
> In one video, Grace Gosar says, "It would be difficult to see my brother as anything but a racist."
> The Gosar siblings have grown estranged from their brother, a four-term congressman, because of his frequent conspiracy theorizing and hair-raising comments about immigrants. Gosar is the eldest son of a family of 10 children who grew up in Wyoming. Many of his siblings don't share their brother's hardline views. One of his brothers, Pete Gosar, ran for governor of Wyoming as a Democrat in 2014.
> David Gosar, a 57-year-old attorney in Wyoming and the third of the Gosar children, told Phoenix New Times on Friday that the siblings are not seeking attention. But after watching their brother's career in Congress unfold over seven years, they couldn't stay silent any longer.
Paul Gosar has struck increasingly extreme tones with his rhetoric in recent years:
> Gosar is a strident voice against the DACA program and is bent on constructing Trump's border wall. Last January, he urged the Capitol police to arrest and deport Dreamers who had been invited to attend the State of the Union address, a stunt for which he was swiftly condemned. And over the summer, Gosar flew to London to speak at a rally of an extremist anti-Muslim group.
> In October 2017, during an interview withVice News, Gosar suggested that the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was coordinated by "the left" and called Democratic donor George Soros a Nazi collaborator, leading to an explosive rift with his siblings.
Despite the powerful message sent by highlighting Gosar’s siblings’ support for his campaign, Brill’s chances of ousting the congressman are quite slim:
> The Fourth District is deep-red. It encompasses the far outskirts of metro Phoenix and huge swaths of northwest Arizona, including the cities of Prescott, Kingman, and Lake Havasu City. Gosar was re-elected with 71 percent of the vote in 2016.
> Brill is a 65-year-old doctor who lives in Prescott. He previously worked for the Veterans Affairs health care system in northern Arizona. Brill's refrain is, "We have a shot. "A first-time candidate, he tried to be optimistic – but didn't always succeed.
> "It's going a lot better than I expected, and of course not quite as well as we wish," Brill told New Times.