Millionaire tea party Rep. insists he ‘ain’t wealthy’

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 15:02 EDT
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During a recent town hall meeting, tea party favorite Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), elected during last year’s Republican wave in the U.S. House of Representatives, told a group of constituents that he wasn’t really wealthy.

“I ain’t wealthy,” he said, according to video of the event. “… I live just like the rest of you folks.”

His mandatory financial disclosures reveal otherwise: specifically, that Gosar’s net worth is over $2 million. He also earns a yearly salary of approximately $174,000 as a member of Congress.

To be fair, the congressman did insist that his wealth was “all on paper” and “not in cash,” which is likely true.

Then again, the median individual income in Gosar’s district is $32,900, according to U.S. census data from the year 2000 — so it’s still quite a stretch to say his finances are anywhere close to reflecting his constituents’.

This video is from an Arizona congressional town hall, published to YouTube on May 23, 2011, as snipped by Think Progress.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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