Back in 2018, the five siblings of Paul Gosar (Q-AZ) took out a political ad essentially begging people not to vote for him. Backing their brother’s opponent so publicly should have been a major warning, but Gosar was still elected to his seat. In 2020, some of Gosar’s siblings again spoke out against his campaign, although he ultimately was re-elected.
Now Gosar’s family is begging Democrats to take swift action and remove their “traitor” brother from Congress as soon as possible.
On Sunday his brother Dave Gosar, a Wyoming lawyer, ramped up the family’s pleas for Congress to expel their brother.
“I consider him a traitor to this country. I consider him a traitor to his family,” Dave said of his brother Paul, during an interview with NBC News. “He doesn’t see it,” Dave continued. “He’s disgraced and dishonored himself.”
Gosar’s youngest sister, Jennifer Gosar, also told NBC News that she was “concerned before” the riots about her brother’s approach to politics, but the deadly January 6th attack on the Capitol raised her concerns even more.
“I was horrified during, and I’m shocked that he’s not censured now, that there hasn’t been a process for expulsion,” Jennifer Gosar told NBC. “I mean, I think all the elements are clear. And maybe there’s something I’m missing, but they’re not acting on it to really allay any fears of the public.”
Congressman Paul Gosar's chief of staff tells @propublica he was in regular contact with Stop the Steal organizer Ali Alexander leading up to the Jan. 6 riots. https://t.co/aqFJFBw4As pic.twitter.com/lXkfTi0uQC
— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) June 27, 2021
Following the January 6th insurrection, Gosar’s siblings’ public comments about their brother became more frequent and forceful. “There is no one member of Congress more responsible for the attack on the Capitol than Congressman Paul Gosar,” Jennifer said in an April TV ad, alongside her brothers Dave and Tim. The three siblings said their brother was among those who needed to face “consequences” for the riot, which killed five people including a Capitol police officer.
“He should have criminal consequences, and if he’s found guilty he should go to jail,” Tim said in the ad.
It's pretty sad when your own siblings who know you better than anyone want you removed from congress @RepGosar. It's time to resign!
— Jessica M. MSN, FNP-C (@Jessicam6946) June 28, 2021
Dave and Jennifer reached out to Rep. Raúl Grijalva for help in removing their brother from office, NBC reported.
“Right now, I think Mr. Gosar feels emboldened,” Grijalva told NBC. “Nothing has happened. There has been no reaction on the part of his colleagues in Congress, and, basically, he feels no public reaction.”
But at the Gosar home, that’s a much different story.
“I would not have come out publicly if it were not absolutely necessary,” Jennifer told NBC about the sibling’s effort to oust their brother from Congress. “But just because he’s my brother doesn’t mean he gets a pass.