September 17 (WNN) — Republican Representative Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, one of just seven in the GOP who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, says he will not run for re-election next year.
Former NFL wide receiver announces he will not seek a second term a statement Published on Twitter on Thursday, thank their “hardworking and considerate staff” for their work and their supporters.
“While my desire to build a fulfilling family life is central to my decision, it is also true that the current state of our politics, especially the many toxic dynamics within our own party, is a significant factor in my decision.” he said.
Gonzalez, who took office in 2019 after a five-year career in the NFL, is one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting a “rebellion” on January 6, when thousands of his supporters turned up. In one bid stormed the building. Prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.
In a statement Explaining the reasoning behind his vote, Gonzalez accused Trump of helping organize and instigating the mob that stormed the building “in an effort to prevent us from fulfilling our solemn duties.”
Five people were killed and around 140 law enforcement were injured during the attack. The Justice Department has since leveled hundreds of allegations over his involvement and asked the public for help in identifying more.
“When I consider the full scope of the events leading up to January 6th, including the president’s lack of response as the United States Capitol was under attack, I am compelled to support impeachment,” he said.
In May, the Ohio Republican Party voted to condemn Gonzalez and called on him to resign, CNN reports. The following month, Trump held his first rally since leaving office in Cleveland, where he called Gonzalez a “disgrace to your state” and a Republican campaigning only for former White House aide Max Miller, who was Gonzalez’s Running for house seat.
Other Republicans who voted for impeachment have received backlash from her party, most notably Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.
In February, the Wyoming Republican Party voted on his vote to condemn him. In May, House Republicans removed him from his position as the third highest-ranking member of the party. And in August, three Wyoming counties symbolically voted not to recognize him as a Republican.
Following Gonzalez’s announcement on Thursday, the Strongsville GOP, which called for his removal, said its members “should stand tall today, knowing that their hard work contributed significantly to his departure from the race.”
Group president Shannon Burns said Gonzalez “betrayed” his constituents when they voted to impeach Trump.
“Strongsville GOP members were steadfast in their opposition to Anthony Gonzalez when he voted to impeach our current president without evidence and without due process,” he said in a statement. “In the end, Congressman Gonzalez realized that without the support of the party base represented by the Strongsville GOP and in the face of Max Miller’s Trump support, he had no way of winning the Republican primary.”