Rep. Anthony Gonzales, Republican who voted for impeachment, will not seek re-election

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After being one of 10 House representatives to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, Ohio Representative Anthony Gonzalez has chosen not to stand for re-election in 2022.

On Thursday, the former NFL wide receiver took to Twitter to post a lengthy statement regarding his decision.

The Republican politician began the press release by mentioning how his goal in politics was to do his job for as long as voters would allow and work to support his family.

“Ever since I got into politics, I’ve always said I will do this job as long as the voters have me and it still works for my family,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez went on to explain why he chose not to be re-elected in 2022.

After being one of 10 House representatives to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, Ohio Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) has chosen not to run in 2022. Pictured here Above, Gonzalez is seen during a House Financial Services Committee Hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC on December 2, 2020.
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“Given the political realities of the day, I know this news will be a disappointment to those who have been involved in our efforts,” Gonzalez said.

“You have given me and my family extraordinary strength and courage in the face of much adversity in recent months and years. Although my desire to build a fuller family life is at the heart of my decision, it is also true that the current state of our politics, especially most of the toxic dynamics within our own party, is an important factor in my decision, ”said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez went on to say that he hoped that “the chaotic political environment that currently infects our country will only be temporary.”

Gonzalez closed by stating how honored he was to serve as a member of Congress on behalf of Ohio.

Gonzalez’s resignation comes as he fought for Trump to be impeached after the Jan.6 insurgency on Capitol Hill. Gonzalez, along with his nine voters, aimed to accuse him of “inciting an insurgency,” which caused Gonzalez to receive a barrage of backlash from his counterparts.

Gonzalez viewed the Jan. 6 Capitol riots as “a line in the sand” in the United States and posed a dangerous threat to American democracy.

“I don’t believe he can be president again,” Gonzalez told The New York Times in January 2021. “Most of my political energy will be devoted to this specific goal.”

While the Ohio Republican Party Central Committee voted to silence Gonzalez and call for his resignation in May, Trump campaigned against the lawmaker in June, supporting his opponent Max Miller.

News week contacted Gonzalez for further comment.


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