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.