First, Rep. Paul Gosar publicly rebuked Pope Francis during His Holiness’ historic visit to Capitol Hill.
But this latest e-mail plea might be on a whole new level.
With the boastful subject line: “I boycotted Pope Francis,” Gosar (R-Ariz.) e-mailed supporters Wednesday morning pleading for campaign donations on the grounds that he took a brave stand against the pontiff, and his liberal allies.
“I’m the Conservative Congressman who boycotted Pope Francis’ address to Congress because I believe when a Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one,” the solicitation begins.
He then lists a number of “liberals” like Stephen Colbert and the Web site Salon for attacking him for “taking a principled stand.” That’s when he asks for money. He just needs $25,000 to defend himself.
But Gosar doesn’t stop there. He continues to criticize the pontiff for his “focus on left-wing pseudo-science of ‘global warming’ instead?” (Naturally global warming is in quotes.) He also criticizes the liberal media for “reinforcing an almost rockstar-like status…” (Yeah, well, that wasn’t just the media. Maybe he missed the raucous crowds? John Boehner’s tears? The 7-Eleven curbside dolls?)
It’s a long yarn, where he declares his loyal Catholicism, but not for a pope that chooses to “pander to the liberal left.”
And raising those last few thousands dollars will really show him…