By Meena Venkataramanan | Arizona Republic
Freshly indignant over Rep. Paul Gosar’s claims of election fraud and the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Democrat Delina DiSanto is making a third run for the U.S. House in northwestern Arizona.
DiSanto, who unsuccessfully challenged Gosar, R-Ariz., in 2018 and 2020, earlier this week announced her bid for the area that is currently the state’s 4th Congressional District seat.
“While the pandemic was being mismanaged, businesses were closing, and millions of jobs were lost, Congressman Gosar was promoting conspiracy theories and staging a coup,” DiSanto said Monday in a written statement. “Proud boy Paul Gosar is a national embarrassment. I am in this race because those who betray our country, promote white supremacy, and support the big lie, don’t belong in Congress.”
Gosar, one of the most extreme Republican members of Congress, has represented the district since it was redrawn in 2012. All the congressional boundaries will be redrawn later this year by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.
As it stands now, Gosar, 62, represents the most Republican-leaning area of the state. He won a sixth term in November with nearly 70% of the vote.