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Gosar says censure has been a boon, not a black eye

Published: Monday, January 3, 2022 - 6:16pm

After his House colleagues censured him and stripped him of his committee assignments in November, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar says he has more free time to do what he finds most effective.

The vote to censure the Republican congressman, almost entirely along party lines, followed his tweet of an altered anime video that showed him killing Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a sword.

Gosar described himself as a “free agent” now that he has no committee obligations.

“If they think that they’re making me not part of the plans, that I’m gonna be obsolete, think again,” Gosar said. “It’s freed me up to do things I’m really good at. That’s talking, that’s communicating.”

His fellow GOP colleagues, like Rep. Debbie Lesko, say the censure has boosted his name ID and may even have a positive effect on his campaign fundraising. Lesko pointed to Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions after Democrats voted to remove her from House committees following a string of controversial comments.

"I would assume the same thing is happening with Paul Gosar when they took him off of committees,” Lesko said. “He’s probably raising a bunch of money all over the country from small donors.”

Gosar’s ability to net financial gain from his censure won’t be known for sure until the end of January, when another round of campaign finance reports are due.

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