Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump following the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol, will not stand for re-election in 2022, he announced Thursday.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Gonzalez thanked his staff, his constituents and those who told him they supported his decision to vote for impeachment. “Please know that every word has meant the world to me and has given me hope that the chaotic political environment that currently infects our country will only be temporary,” Gonzalez said. “Although 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 toxic dynamics within our own party, is an important factor. in my decision. “
He took a harder position in an interview with The New York Times, telling reporter Jonathan Martin on Thursday that Trump was “cancerous to the country.” He supported most of Trump’s agenda before Jan.6, but Gonzalez said he disagreed with attempts to block President Biden’s certification of victory and was horrified by the crowd of supporters. Trump who stormed the Capitol. “I don’t believe he can ever become president again,” Gonzalez said. “Most of my political energy will be devoted to working on this specific goal.”
Max Miller, a former Trump aide, is one of the Republicans who hoped to overthrow Gonzalez, and he received Trump’s approval in February. Gonzalez told the Times it would have been a “brutally hard primary”, but he thinks he would have won. “Politically, the environment is so toxic, especially in your own party right now,” Gonzalez said. “You can fight and win this thing, but are you really going to be happy? And the answer is, probably not.”