By: Britan Katz
Congressman Paul Gosar made his first public announcement that he is changing districts in a visit to Tusayan on Jan. 7. Gosar told attendees he is changing districts to run in the newly drawn Congressional District 4, which contains some of his current district, Congressional District 1 in Yavapai County and runs down the western border of Arizona.
Congressman Gosar also made a very distinct point in announcing that he wants more communication between congress and the people. While he keeps his personal lines of communication open to the public, there are more people who don’t. He says the people’s perspective is extremely important to how Congress should approve or deny bills.
Gosar said the Congress can be a frustrating place to move legislation.
“I knew going in it was dysfunctional, I just didn’t know how dysfunctional it really is,” Gosar said.
Gosar had harsh words to say about the Fast and Furious issue. Gosar accused the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) of secretly encouraging gun dealer’s to sell to suspected Mexican drug traffickers for cartels, and covering up the poor results of the program.
Gosar said the program failed, by putting thousands of more guns onto the streets, encouraging more violence. He said he deeply disagreed with how this issue has been handled.
“I am really ashamed,” Gosar said.
When it came to development in Tusayan, Gosar said he would let the people in Tusayan decide that for themselves.
“That is something that the people of Tusayan decided on,” Gosar said. “That’s what the vote was.”