Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona skips relief bill votes, talks at far-right AFPAC conference - 2021-02-27

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F220.png Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona skips relief bill votes, talks at far-right AFPAC conference February 27, 2021, Ronald J. Hansen, Arizona Republic

To make the appearance at the far-right AFPAC, an extremist alternative to the annual CPAC gathering of conservatives, Gosar, R-Ariz., had to skip voting in person on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that passed the House early Saturday. He had notified the House in writing that he couldn't be physically present in Congress because of the ongoing pandemic.

AFPAC stands for the America First Political Action Committee and was put together by Nick Fuentes, an anti-immigration conservative who attended the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and last year was banned from YouTube for repeatedly violating its rules against hate speech.

On Saturday, Gosar made an appearance at the rival CPAC, also staged in Florida this year, and in a seeming reference to AFPAC, tried to distance himself from racists.

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{{cite news | first = Ronald J. | last = Hansen | title = Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona skips relief bill votes, talks at far-right AFPAC conference | url = https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/02/27/rep-paul-gosar-arizona-skips-relief-bill-votes-talks-far-right-afpac-conference/6846801002/ | work = Arizona Republic | date = February 27, 2021 | accessdate = August 30, 2021 }}