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He said he knew supporters would find the news disappointing, “given the political realities of the day.”

“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 most of the toxic dynamics within our own party, is a factor. important in my decision “, Gonzalez said in a statement.

Gonzalez, who insisted he could win his seat, faced what he said was a “brutally harsh primary” against Max Miller, a former Trump White House aide who was endorsed by the former president earlier this year. The district will be redesigned before next May’s primary, and Ohio is losing one of its 16 congressional districts, likely blurring the new map.

Even if he won in 2022, Gonzalez wondered if he would really be happy to hold public office in a fractured Republican party largely dominated by Trump supporters.

“Please know that every word has meant the world to me and has given me hope that the chaotic political environment that is currently infecting our country will only be temporary,” he said in the communicated.

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