Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez was one of 10 GOP members in the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump. President Trump had already endorsed a primary opponent who planned to challenge Gonzalez, but Gonzalez put out a statement on Twitter announcing he will not seek another term.
In his statement, Gonzalez cited “increasing responsibilities of being parents” as the reason he will not continue to serve.
He said the words sent to him throughout “much adversity” the past few months and years have given him hope that the “chaotic political environment that currently infects our country will only be temporary.”
“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,” he added.
Gonzalez told the New York Times that Trump is a “cancer for the country.”
Former White House aide Max Miller was endorsed by Trump in his primary run against Gonzalez.
President Trump said:
“RINO Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, who has poorly represented his district in the Great State of Ohio, has decided to quit after enduring a tremendous loss of popularity, of which he had little, since his ill-informed and otherwise very stupid impeachment vote against the sitting President of the United States, me. This is no loss for Ohio or our Country and, most importantly, we have a great candidate who was substantially leading Gonzalez in the polls, Max Miller, who I have given my Complete and Total Endorsement. Max is a tremendous person who will represent Ohio well. Good riddance to Anthony, he can now get himself a job at ratings-dead CNN or MSDNC!”