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Republican cites toxic GOP as main reason he will not run in 2022


Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year, announced Thursday that he will not run for reelection in 2022.
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, Gonzalez said in a statement.
Gonzalez had previously argued that Trumps rhetoric at the Stop the Steal rally ahead of the insurrection on January 6 and the fact that the former President did little to stop those actions swayed him to back the impeachment charges. That decision unearthed profound anger in his northeast Ohio district, kicking off a localized fight over the future of the Republican Party that pit the two-term congressman against irate constituents eager to expel any member of the party who crossed the former President.
Trump, for his part, campaigned against the lawmaker in June, rallying for primary opponent Max Miller, a former Trump aide, in his first return to the campaign trail after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Trump said in a statement Friday that Gonzalez decided to quit after enduring a tremendous loss of popularity following the impeachment vote.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, another one of the 10 House Republicans who voted for impeachment, said the former Presidents statement about Gonzalez reminds us all, once again, that Trump is at war with the Constitution.
The Ohio Republican Party Central Committee had voted in May to censure Gonzalez and call for his resignation.
A former NFL player first elected to the House in 2018, Gonzalez was one of only 35 House Republicans who voted later that month to establish an independent commission to investigate the insurrection, which Senate Republicans later blocked.
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