Congressman Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio says he can’t handle the heat after his failed attempt to impeach Trump. The turncoat Republican says that the ‘toxicity’ in politics is more than he can handle and announced that he will not be running in 2022. The reality is, Gonzalez lost his support back in January when he rushed to impeach Trump.
His friend, Doug Deeken, Republican Party chair in Wayne County, said he thought Gonzalez got “suckered” into participating in a “rushed” impeachment trial. Whether he was ‘suckered’ or not, he knows he doesn’t stand a chance so he’s stepping aside.
His decision to step down came after Trump endorsed a former aide, Max Miller, to run against Gonzalez in the upcoming House primaries. At a rally in Ohio in June, Trump labeled Gonzalez as “a grandstanding RINO — who is not respected in D.C. — who voted for the unhinged unconstitutional impeachment witch hunt.”
“Gonzalez dishonored the office by betraying his constituents and he has finally realized what we already knew, that there was no path to reelection,” he wrote. “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!”
“Since entering politics, I have always said that I will do this job for as long as the voters will have me and it still works for my family,” the Ohio Republican said in a statement. “As Elizabeth and I consider the realities of continuing in public service while juggling the increasing responsibilities of being parents to our two beautiful children, it is clear that the best path for our family is not to seek re-election next fall.”
He then went on to say, “While 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 of the toxic dynamics inside our own party, is a significant factor in my decision.”
See my full statement below regarding my decision not to seek re-election. pic.twitter.com/vsggxjD1FI
— Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (@RepAGonzalez) September 17, 2021
Trump, in a Friday morning statement, bid “good riddance” to Gonzalez, whom he called a “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) and chastised “his ill-informed and otherwise very stupid impeachment vote.” Trump also suggested Gonzalez would land a job as a cable news commentator.