GOP Congressman Mixes Up Boko Haram And Boca Raton

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February 13, 2015 6:12 p.m.

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) confused the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram with a mid-sized Florida city during an appearance Tuesday on CNN, the Sun Sentinel newspaper in Florida reported Wednesday.

Gosar said that if the U.S. were to pay ransom to terrorists, then “every American citizen traveling abroad becomes a subject in regard for kidnapping and then the plight of how much money has been captivated in the Boca Raton group.”

On Friday, his office issued a news release making light of the gaffe, saying that the congressman “had been awake for almost 24 hours and had given many interviews that day.”

Michael Squires, the politics editor for the Arizona Republic newspaper, posted a screengrab of the news release:

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