- Ohio GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez announced Thursday that he is not running for re-election in 2022.
- Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of the impeachment, which angered Trump.
- Gonzalez called Trump a “cancer for the country” in an interview with the New York Times.
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Ohio Republican Anthony Gonzalez announced Thursday that he will not run again in 2022.
Gonzalez, one of 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment of former President Donald Trump, said the decision was based on what was best for his family, but the current political climate also played a role.
Gonzalez said: “Although my desire to have a full family life is at the heart of my decision, it is also true that the current state of our politics, especially the many toxic dynamics within our party, is a key factor in my decision. Are. ” Said in one Statement.
Gonzalez, who is married with two young children, said the decision was “the best way for our family”.
Gonzalez came under fire from Trump after he voted to impeach in January following the Capitol coup. The former president has hinted that he will play an active role in the 2022 election in order to defeat the Republicans who voted against him and replace him with pro-Trump candidates.
In February, Trump backed Gonzalez’s main challenger, Max Miller, who served as Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaign and White House aide.
“Current incumbent Anthony Gonzalez should not represent the people of the 16th District because they do not represent their interests or their hearts,” Trump said in a statement. “Max Miller has my full and complete endorsement!”
At a June rally in Wellington, Ohio, Trump once again objected to the decision to vote in favor of Gonzalez’s impeachment.
“He’s a seller, he’s a fake Republican, and he’s a disgrace to your state. He’s not the candidate you want to represent the Republican Party. Trump said every Republican needs to get him out of office.”
In an interview with The New York Times on Thursday, Gonzalez called Trump a “cancer of the country.”
He said he believed he could have avoided the main challenge from Miller, but that he did not want to be part of the GOP if it continued to focus on Trump.
Gonzalez also told the Times that he had an “eye-opening” moment when he and his family needed extra security from police officers at Cleveland Airport after the impeachment vote: “It’s one of those moments. One is where you say, ‘Is this really the case? Want for my family when they travel, take my wife and kids to the airport?
Gonzalez, 36, was selected to represent Ohio’s 16th District in 2019, and will leave after completing two terms.
Trump has also backed a key challenge for another Ohio Republican rapper, Liz Cheney, who voted in favor of impeachment.