Ohio Republican Congressman Anthony Gonzalez has called it quits. Gonzalez was one of the Republicans who voted to impeach former U.S. President Donald J. Trump, calling him a ‘cancer’ said he will not run for re-election this year.
“Since entering politics, I have always said that I will do this job for as long as the voters will have me and it still works for my family,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “As Elizabeth and I consider the realities of continuing in public service while juggling the increasing responsibilities of being parents to our two beautiful children, it is clear that the best path for our family is not to seek re-election next fall…While 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 many of the toxic dynamics inside our own party, is a significant factor in my decision.”
It could also be that Trump endorsed his primary opponent, Marine Corps veteran Max Miller.
“Max Miller is a wonderful person who did a great job at the White House and will be a fantastic Congressman,” Trump wrote in a statement in February. “He is a Marine Veteran, a son of Ohio, and a true PATRIOT.”
“Current Rep. Anthony Gonzalez should not be representing the people of the 16th district because he does not represent their interest or their heart,” Trump said. “Max Miller has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”
Trump’s endorsement of Miller and shunning of Gonzalez lead to a swift backlash against the Cuban American Congressman back at home.
Gonzalez’s statement was met with criticism by his constituents, many of whom said the real reason he is not running is that he knows he cannot win in 2022.
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