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World Paul Gosar's Siblings Eye Congressman's Financial Backers in Latest Removal Effort

02:20  17 february  2021
02:20  17 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Members of Arizona Representative Paul Gosar's family are encouraging Americans to contact one of the congressman's financial supporters to discourage future contributions in an effort to remove the Republican from office.

Paul Gosar et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Three of Rep. Paul Gosar's siblings are targeting the Republican congressman's financial backers in a new video ad calling for his removal from office. In the photo above, Gosar speaks on the floor of the House during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. © Drew Angerer/Getty Three of Rep. Paul Gosar's siblings are targeting the Republican congressman's financial backers in a new video ad calling for his removal from office. In the photo above, Gosar speaks on the floor of the House during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

Three of Gosar's siblings contributed video and audio recordings for the new video ad, which was made public earlier this week and first covered by The Arizona Republic. The ad identified the political action committee of the American Dental Association (ADA) as one of Gosar's top supporters and financial backers. Before he was first elected to Congress in 2010, Gosar owned a dental practice in Arizona.

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"Over his career, his number one funder and supporter has been the American Dental Association," Gosar's sister Jennifer said in the video. "It's time to let them know we don't want money supporting insurrection."

According to the ADA's website, the association raised "an impressive amount," with help from dentists, for Gosar and four other congressional candidates during the 2020 election cycle.

Gosar is one of several Republican members of Congress who objected to certifying the results of the 2020 election as Congress convened to do so on January 6. Gosar has also been accused of encouraging protesters ahead of the violent riot that broke out at the Capitol that day. Last month, an ethics watchdog organization alleged that one of the organizing individuals behind the riot received "explicit support" from Gosar and another GOP House member.

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Jennifer and her brother Tim called for Gosar's removal last month following the events on January 6. The two siblings appeared on CNN's New Day one week after the riot and called for their brother to either resign or be expelled from Congress. They alleged during the televised interview that Gosar's actions were consistent with his history in politics thus far.

In the past, Gosar's siblings have tried to remove Gosar from Congress and prevent his reelection. After his first congressional election win, in 2010, Gosar was most recently reelected to represent Arizona's 4th District last November, although six of his siblings endorsed his Democratic opponents in 2018 and again in 2020.

In their latest video campaign, Gosar's siblings Tim, Jennifer and David pushed for Americans to contact the ADA and express dissatisfaction with Gosar's performance in Congress.

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"Representative Paul Gosar is my extremely dishonest brother who lied about the election being stolen," Tim said in the video. "He helped organize and execute a plan that led to the abhorrent and disgraceful January 6 angry and armed attack on the Capitol and our democracy."

"He has betrayed all of us, and he has betrayed his country," David added.

Jennifer said in the video that her brother "needs to be removed from office" and that all three siblings encouraged viewers to contact the ADA and their dentists by phone, text and through social media to raise concerns about Gosar and discourage future financial support.

Newsweek reached out to Gosar's office and the ADA for comment but did not receive responses in time for publication.

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