Anthony Gonzalez on Principles & Values



Retiring due to "toxic dynamics" in GOP after impeachment

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Trump earlier this year, announced that he will not run for reelection in 2022 [citing that] "the toxic dynamics inside our own party, is a significant factor in my decision."

Gonzalez had previously argued that Trump's 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 district 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 that Gonzalez "decided to quit after enduring a tremendous loss of popularity" following the impeachment vote.

Source: CNN News on Jan. 6th Insurrection , Sep 17, 2021

Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted.

Gonzalez voted NAY blocking certification of the Electoral vote

Explanation of 1/6/21 Electoral Certification, by Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner:Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar led an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona, the first formal objection to state results in a series of moves that will delay the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over President Trump. Cruz is advocating for an `emergency 10-day audit` of election returns in disputed states. The usually ceremonial joint session of Congress that convenes to count and accept Electoral College votes will be put on hold as the House and Senate separately debate the objection.