For The Last Time, Congressman Gosar Is NOT A Tea Party Republican
By Elisha Dorfsmith
CD-1 candidate Wenona Benally Baldenegro has recently focused a lot of time and energy accusing Congressman Paul Gosar of being an extreme tea party Republican. The Huffington Post even covered her campaign with an article titled Arizona’s New Democrats: Wenona’s Bid Inspires Bipartisan Campaign Against Radical Tea Party Rep. Gosar.
Interesting campaign strategy but there’s a huge problem with the premise. Congressman Gosar is anything but a tea party Republican. Yes, he was endorsed by Sarah Palin and yes, he was elected largely due to tea party support but that is where his tea party credibility ends.
Having been very involved with the tea party during the 2010 election, I know firsthand that many in the tea party gave Gosar their complete support based solely on his opposition to the national healthcare bill (and the fact that he waved a pocket Constitution around and promised to consult it before every vote). Few bothered to check any further. If they would have, they would have realized that Gosar is your average status quo Republican who will vote party over principle every single chance he gets. It also would have been clear that Gosar has zero respect for the Constitution, individual rights and personal freedom (perfect example: Gosar was part of a movement a decade ago that tried to force fluoride on the residents of Flagstaff ).
Gosar’s recent vote to raise the debt ceiling along with his votes to extend the “Patriot Act” fly in the face of his supposed tea party principles. These votes (and others) have led to tea party members abandoning the Gosar ship in droves.
Gosar Had A Chance To Earn Some Respect And Co-sponsor HR 459
A couple months ago I attended a Republican PC meeting and asked Gosar’s staff if the Congressman would consider becoming a co-sponsor of HR 459, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act Of 2011. This is a bill that many in the liberty movement feel very strongly about. They told me that they saw no reason for Gosar not to co-sponsor the bill.
Gosar was recently flooded with reminders from local supporters of HR 459 and still nothing (even Ann Kirkpatrick signed on to an earlier version of this bill)! I think it’s safe to say that Gosar has no intention of calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve. The big question is WHY NOT?!
The majority of the tea party members I know support an audit of the Federal Reserve. Most establishment Republicans do not.
Are you starting to see the disconnect between Gosar and the tea party? It gets even more obvious:
A visit to Congressman Gosar’s facebook page sheds a lot of light on who Gosar appeals to these days. His most vocal supporters (one with the last name Gosar) heap loads of praise on the Congressman while insulting the tea party and calling them names. Here are a few examples from that facebook page:
“The tea party equals the know nothing party.”
“Tea party extremists.”
“Tea partiers fail to understand in their pea sized brains…”
“Maybe then you tea baggers can stop crying like little girls.”
“The tea party is as bad as Obama.”
Again, these are the same people who say that Gosar is doing a great job.
I have gone on record saying that Congressman Gosar is a traitor to the tea party (you may have heard Mitch & Joe talking about my comments the other day on 105.1 The Big Talker).
If you take the time to look past the labels you will see that Gosar has nothing in common with tea party principles. Gosar played the tea party for fools to win the 2010 election and laughed all the way to Washington.
Some of the more gullible tea party members were willing to give him a pass for his “Patriot Act” votes which trampled the 4th Amendment and made a mockery of the Constitution.
Hopefully Gosar’s vote for the Boehner debt ceiling plan will be a much needed WAKE UP call to the last few faithful tea party supporters he has left.
Peter Schiff on raising the debt ceiling:
Ron Paul and Rand Paul discuss why the Boehner plan is NOT a good plan: