The Company Rouzer Keeps, Brunswick Beacon, March 10, 2022


Brunswick Beacon, 03.10.22


Congressman David Rouzer is on record defending Reps. Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene. He voted against removing them from their committees last year for making death threats against colleagues. Rouzer said he was troubled more by removal than by “any remarks that could be made by anyone.” Really?


Gosar posted a photoshopped video of him attacking President Biden with swords and decapitating Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. Six of his siblings have called him unfit for office.

Greene has spread conspiracy theories and advocated violence. In 2017, a shooter killed 58 people at a Las Vegas festival. Greene claimed it was staged. In 2018, she posted a video falsely claiming that no plane struck the Pentagon on 9/11. On a Facebook thread claiming 9/11 was “done by our own Gov.” Greene replied “That is all true.” In 2018 and 2019, Greene posted videos and remarks that called for hanging President Obama and Hillary Clinton and for Speaker Pelosi to get “a bullet to the head.”

The votes to discipline Gosar and Greene were bipartisan. Republicans who voted for removal called Gosar’s depiction of killing a colleague “completely unacceptable” and condemned Greene’s calls for violence, 9/11 conspiracy theories, denial of the Parkland School shooting that massacred 17 people, and antisemitic remarks blaming California wildfires on Jewish space lasers.


Which brings us to the reason Gosar and Greene are in the news again. On Feb. 25 they attended what Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney called a "white supremacist, anti-Semitic, pro-Putin event." Greene delivered the keynote address. Just before she took the stage, the crowd was asked to cheer for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It responded with chants of “Putin, Putin!” Gosar then dutifully voted against a resolution supporting Ukraine!

People are judged by the company they keep. We should not keep a congressman who defends Putin’s pals, like Gosar and Greene.


Kristine Garrity

2nd Vice Chair

Brunswick County Democratic Party