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Arizona congressman: John Boehner not my boss

PHOENIX -- One Arizona congressman is refusing to answer House Speaker John Boehner's call for Republicans to support military action in Syria.

"He's not my boss," said Rep. Paul Gosar. "He orchestrates the House and prevails over the House but he said he will let us use our own opinions on Syria. I'm my own free-wheeling guy looking out for what's best for Arizona and the United States."

Based on the information Gosar has at his disposal, he's still against strike on Syria and there's nothing Boehner can do to change that.

He called Syria a tinderbox.

"You have the Arab Spring that keeps rolling. It's turbulent; sectarian violence not unique to Syria but across the Middle East. It is very complex as to who is backing who. Iran is among a number of unstable governments in this area."

Gosar said he wants all of the facts and he's not convinced that the Assad regime is responsible for using chemical weapons. Gosar said, based on some reports, that it may have been rebels who used the weapons by mishandling them.

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About the Author


Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite food: Steak and shrimp, and any food on campouts.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Favorite news memory: The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. The 2007 Southern California Firestorm and being at Sky Harbor Airport when the first plane lifted off several days after 9-11. Seeing the American flag on the tail of the Salt Lake City-bound Delta airliner as it took off still gives me goosebumps.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges -- which was outstanding --, Lonesome Dove.

First job: Spinning records at KLER Radio Orofino, Idaho 1980.

First concert: KISS/Cheap Trick 1977 Spokane, WA Coliseum.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, The University of Montana Grizzlies and Texas Rangers.

Outside interests: Sports, camping, fishing, traveling.

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