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Ohio Rep. Gonzalez, who voted to impeach Trump, won’t seek re-election


U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) is seen during a House Financial Services Committee oversight hearing on December 02, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Rep. Anthony Gonzalez — one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol — will not seek re-election to his northern Ohio seat in 2022.

“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 he tweeted late Thursday. As Elizabeth and I weigh the reality of keeping our children in the public eye while also juggling our increasing responsibility as parents, we have decided that it’s best for us to stay out of the race to be reelected next fall.

While his family is the main reason for his decision, he said that “it’s also true that my decision was influenced by the state of politics and the many toxic dynamics within our party.”

Gonzalez was an Ohio State University standout wide receiver, and he was also a first-round NFL draft selection. He is currently the first Republican in Congress who has decided not to run for another term.

Gonzalez (37 years old) was up against Max Miller in a difficult primary. Miller is a former Trump adviser from the Cleveland region who holds the endorsement of the former president. Trump came to Ohio to campaign for Miller this summer — his first political rally since leaving office.

Gonzalez had been raising more money than Miller and told The New York Times, which was first to report his decision, that he believed he could have won.

He said that he could fight his way to victory, but was he really happy? It’s probably not.

Gonzalez was the first person elected to represent Ohio’s 16th Congressional District. Although he was a trusted conservative vote in Congress, he didn’t adhere as strongly to Trump’s views as other members. When first running for the seatHe refers to Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, another Trump critic, as his political hero.