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The conservative Republican who boycotted Pope Francis’s address to Congress is now fundraising off the episode.

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) sent an email Wednesday touting his decision to boycott the speech and asking for contributions toward his 2016 reelection campaign.

{mosads}Gosar said he needed the contributions after liberals in the media criticized him sharply over the boycott.

“I’m the conservative Congressman who boycotted Pope Francis’ address to Congress because I believe when a Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one,” Gosar said in the message obtained by The Hill.

“I need conservatives like you in my corner as I come under unprecedented attacks for taking this principled stand,” he said.

Gosar cited a segment on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show,” a story on Salon.com and criticism from a non-Catholic liberal website in arguing ht was under attack.

“You can count on the Obama political and fundraising machine to come out against me in full force,” Gosar wrote. He said he is seeking $25,000 by the end of Wednesday, the last day for contributions in this fundraising quarter.

He argued in the call for donations that Francis unfairly used the speech to advocate for left-wing principles last week.

“You may have noticed that the liberal media has embraced this Pope unlike none other in our time … reinforcing an almost rock-star status never before seen for the leader of the Catholic Church,” said Gosar, a Roman Catholic.

“Unlike his predecessors — who focused on issues of religious extremism, abortion and traditional values, Pope Francis has instead given up his chance to make a significant impact on these policies,” he said.

“Unfortunately, he chose to pander to the liberal left,” Gosar added.

Gosar is so far running unopposed for Arizona’s 4th Congressional District.

He announced he was avoiding Francis’s historic address to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 24 because on the pontiff’s multiple pushes for addressing climate change.

Francis called on Americans to help improve the environment during his visit to Capitol Hill last week.

“I call for a courageous and responsible effort to redirect our steps and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity,” he said.

It emerged on Wednesday that the pope also held a private meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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