Republican congressman who voted to impeach Trump will not stand for re-election
WASHINGTON, Sept.16 (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, said on Thursday he would not seek re-election next year.
Ohio lawmaker for two terms and former professional football player, Gonzalez would have had to face a Trump-backed main challenger if he had decided to run.
Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting a January 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol. Trump supporters were trying to block Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s victory as president.
In a statement, Gonzalez, who has two young children, cited family responsibilities as a reason for not getting re-elected.
He expressed the hope that “the chaotic political environment which currently infects our country will be only temporary”. He didn’t mention Trump.
But in an interview Thursday with the New York Times, Gonzalez called Trump “cancer for the country.”
In May, the Ohio Republican Party censored Gonzalez and asked him to resign for his impeachment vote. Read more
Trump has endorsed the main challengers of some of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him. Read more
Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Michael Perry
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