(9-18-21) Ohio U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez announced on Thursday that he won’t seek reelection in 2022, underscoring the precarious political fight he faced after voting to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Gonzalez first elected to Ohio’s 16th Congressional District in 2018, attributed his decision in part to the “current state of our politics” and a toxic environment within his own party. In an interview with the New York Times, Gonzalez indicated that he didn’t want to be part of a GOP that continues to put Trump front and center.

The Ohio Republican Party’s Central Committee censured Gonzalez after he voted to convict former President Donald Trump for his role in the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The Ohio GOP also called on Gonzalez to resign over his decision to cast a ‘guilty’ vote.

Speaking to The New York Times, Gonzalez called Trump “a cancer for the country” and said –

“I don’t believe he can ever be president again. Most of my political energy will be spent working on that exact goal.”

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