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Six siblings of GOP congressman endorse his opponent in viral campaign ad

The Republican Congressman is standing for re-election in November The Republican Congressman is standing for re-election in November
Melinda Barton | 25 September, 2018, 08:30

Every family has their political differences. but this is on another level.

Congressman Paul Gosar has now responded to his six siblings who have come out publicly to endorse his opponent.

The stunning ad was released Friday by Democratic candidate David Brill, who hopes to unseat Gosar when voters in Arizona's Fourth Congressional District head to the polls on November 6.

"My siblings who chose to film ads against me are all liberal Democrats who hate President Trump", Gosar wrote in one of several tweets. "Stalin would be proud", he tweeted. "To the six angry Democrat Gosars - see you at Mom and Dad's house!" In addition to Grace, David and Jennifer, Gosar's other siblings - Joan, Tim and Gaston - also appear in the ad. Gosar has nine siblings, with three not appearing in the ad.

It begins with a woman "Grace, rural physician", saying, "Paul Gosar the congressman isn't doing anything to support rural America". "I share the same philosophy and policies that Paul does". What's also fairly normal in politics is for family members to join pro-candidate ads to give them a sense of warmth and love. A lawyer named David claims Gosar is "absolutely not working for his district.' Jennifer, a medical interpreter, laments Gosar's failure to secure healthcare access for his constituents".

"It's intervention time", he said, "when you go to vote, you go to vote...to vote Paul out". Mr Gosar made headlines after the violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, by suggesting it was planned by "the Left" to undermine Donald Trump.

"I think my brother has traded a lot of the values we had at our kitchen table", said another sister, Joan. The ad was released Friday on social channels by the Brill for Congress campaign. "None of this is pleasant for any of us", says David Gosar.

"I was like, 'Oh my God, you have to be kidding me, ' and then he went and got elected", David Gosar told the publication on Saturday.

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.

Seven of his siblings accuse him of being a white supremacist and they've had it.

Bernadette Gosar, 85, told The Times that she had been unaware of her children's appearance in the ads until reporters described them to her.

But in the deeply red state, pollsters predict Mr Gosar is still likely to retain his seat - the Congressman won his seat with more than 70 per cent of the vote in 2016.