The People of Congressional District Four can do better than Paul Gosar


Despite a video ad during the 2018 elections that showed his family (including siblings) endorsing his Democratic opponent (David Brill), Paul Gosar easily won re-election to serve in Arizona’s Congressional Fourth District.

How has Representative Gosar repaid the trust of the close to 70 percent of the people who voted for him in November 2018?

Not very well.

First, for someone who espouses fiscal prudence with the taxpayer dollar, he has racked up more frequent flyer travel expenses ($204,493) among House Representatives than the two representatives who have to travel from both Guam ($192,832) and the North Mariana Islands ($155,489). His travel expenses are close to double that of the next closet Arizona Representative Tom O’Halleran.

Second, Mr. Gosar was very generous, again with funds ($44,000) from his campaign account in giving holiday bonuses to members of his Congressional staff. Apparently, this is a violation of House Ethics rules and Mr. Gosar may become the second Arizona Representative referred to the Ethics Committee this year (David Schweikert is the other).

Finally, it has been revealed that Mr. Gosar has been following several white nationalist-racist Twitter accounts, including one that uses a code (88) to signify “Heil Hitler.” Some of the other accounts peddle conspiracy theories that individuals like Alex Jones and the current occupant in the White House embrace.

With these revelations, Mr. Gosar has proven that he is not a public servant who deserves the support of his constituents.

The People of Arizona Congressional District Four could do far better than Paul Gosar. The district (which includes the Prescott area) that already had issues earlier this year with notorious former State Representative David Stringer, desperately needs a public servant, Republican or Democrat, who could serve the area residents with integrity, decency, and competence.

Hopefully, in 2020, the people in Congressional District Four will heed the advice voiced by members of Mr. Gosar’s family in that ad video and nominate a different Republican in a primary. That is actually more important as a first step than the general election contest.

Hopefully, the people will make the right decision and send Mr. Gosar into retirement.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.


  1. There are 8000 to 9000 people in both Havasu and Prescott who would vote for Hitler, if he said he was a god fearing, pro reproduction police, anti any kind of tax, conservative. Most are white retirees from California, fleeing not just taxes but immigrants. This is what has to be overcome to beat people like Franks, Stringer or Gosar. Very very hard to do. Has not happened since 1982.

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