GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez Opts To Retire Amid Primary Challenge Over Vote To Impeach Trump

Topline

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) said Thursday he will not run for reelection in 2022, after former President Donald Trump backed a primary challenge against the first-term congressman over his vote to impeach Trump.

Key Facts

Gonzalez said in a statement that the “best path” for him and his family is to “not seek reelection next fall,” citing the “chaotic political environment that currently infects our country.”

Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans who voted with Democrats to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” over the ex-president’s encouragement of supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Gonzalez, who faced a tough challenge in the form of former Trump aide Max Miller, one of Trump’s first 2022 endorsements, said the “toxic state” of the Republican Party is a “significant factor” in his decision.

Trump, who, despite being out of office for eight months, still holds significant sway over the outcome of GOP primaries, has invested time in Miller’s bid, holding a rally for him in June.

Gonzalez joins several relatively moderate Ohio Republicans, former Rep. Steve Stivers and Sen. Rob Portman, who have chosen to retire this cycle as their state trends increasingly pro-Trump.

Big Number

5. That’s how many Republican members of Congress are currently facing Trump-backed primary challengers: Gonzalez, Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who all voted for impeachment, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who voted to convict Trump in February.

Crucial Quote

“I look forward to the future of this campaign as we continue fighting alongside President Trump to unite the MAGA movement in taking back the House with America First fighters. The Biden Administration must be put in check!” Miller tweeted after Gonzalez’s announcement.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2021/09/17/gop-rep-anthony-gonzalez-reelection-trump/


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