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Republican congressman who voted to impeach Trump won’t seek re-election By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Former President Donald Trump holds a banner at his inaugural post-presidency rally at Lorain County Fairgrounds, Wellington, Ohio. June 26th, 2021. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican Representative Anthony Gonzalez, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, said on Thursday he will not seek re-election next year.

Gonzalez is a former pro football player and lawmaker who served two terms in Ohio. He would have been up against a primary candidate backed Trump.

Gonzalez was one among the 10 House Republicans who voted against Trump’s inciting of riot at U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, 2017. Trump supporters wanted to stop Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s election as President.

Gonzalez made a statement citing family responsibilities in his decision not to seek reelection.

He expressed optimism that the “chaotic political environment” currently affecting his country would soon be overturned. Trump was not mentioned.

However, Gonzalez called Trump a “cancer for the nation” in a Thursday interview with the New York Times.

Gonzalez was censured by the Ohio Republican Party and asked to resign in May for his impending impeachment votes.

Trump has given his support to primary challengers of some of the Republican who voted for him to be impeached.

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