CLEVELAND – Rep. Anthony Gonzalez – one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill – will not seek re-election to his seat in North America Ohio in 2022.
“Ever since I entered politics I have always said that I will do this job for as long as the voters have me and it still works for my family,” Gonzalez said in a statement. statement he tweeted on Thursday night. “As Elizabeth and I consider the realities of continuing in public service while juggling the growing responsibilities of being the parents of our two beautiful children, it is clear that the best path for our family is not to re-elect next fall. “
He added that while family was at the heart of his decision, “it is also true that the current state of our politics, especially many toxic dynamics within our own party, is an important factor in my decision. “.
A former Ohio State University receiver and NFL first-round pick, Gonzalez is the first of impeachment-friendly Republicans in Congress to decide not to run for another term.
Gonzalez, who turns 37 this weekend, faced a tough primary against Max Miller, a former Trump aide from the Cleveland area who has the approval of the former president. Trump came to Ohio to campaign for Miller this summer – his first political rally since leaving office.
Gonzalez had raised more money than Miller and told the New York Times, which was the first to report on his decision, that he thought he could have won.
“You can fight and win this thing,” he told the newspaper, “but are you really going to be happy? And the answer is, probably not.
Gonzalez was first elected to represent Ohio’s 16th Congressional District in 2018. He had been a reliable Conservative vote in the House, but was not as close to Trump as others. During his first candidacy for the seat, he described Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Another critic of Trump in the GOP, as his political idol.