Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) doesn’t even have the support of his brothers and sisters, and a new political ad for his opponent is making sure you know.
In the ad, entitled “Paul Gosar Is Not Working for You,” several men and women — presumably his constituents — are all describing what a let-down Rep. Gosar has been for them. Initially, the video only identifies each speaker by their first name and profession.
“Paul Gosar the Congressman isn’t doing anything to help rural America,” Grace, a rural physician, says at the beginning of the ad. “If they care about healthcare, they care about their children’s healthcare, they would hold him to account.”
“If he actually cared about people in rural Arizona, I bet he’d be fighting for Social Security, for better access to healthcare,” said Jennifer, a medical interpreter. “I bet he’d 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,” Tim, a private investigator, said.
At the end, all six speakers reveal their last name — Gosar. And they all tell viewers they’re voting for David Brill, who is running against their brother in Arizona’s 4th Congressional District.
This ad has to have the biggest wow moment of any political ad I’ve ever seen https://t.co/2wwTqygX15
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) September 21, 2018
“None of this is pleasant for any of us… We gotta stand up for our good name. This is not who we are,” lawyer David Gosar said in a followup ad, entitled “A Family Defends Its Honor.”
“To speak up against my brother, it rings sadness to me,” Joan Gosar said.
“It’s intervention time. And intervention time means you go to vote, and you go to vote Paul out,” Tim Gosar said near the end of the ad.
Six of Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar's siblings are denouncing him in a new campaign ad and endorsing his Democratic opponent. pic.twitter.com/rcpk16IRSR
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 22, 2018
Rep. Gosar is running for a fifth term in Congress, after initially getting elected in the “Tea Party” Republican wave election of 2010. His district represents a large swath of rural Arizona, from the outskirts of Phoenix to much of the Western and Northwestern parts of the state. As of right now, there’s no polling data available on RealClearPolitics’ poll aggregator for Arizona’s 4th Congressional District. However, aggregate data shows Democrats with an 8-point lead on the generic ballot.
Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.