Ohio GOP calls on U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez to resign for voting to impeach President Donald Trump

​COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio Republican Party on Friday passed resolutions censuring U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez and calling on him to resign for voting in January to impeach ex-President Donald Trump.

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Gonzalez, from Rocky River, is the latest Republican to be rebuked by their state parties for supporting impeachment proceedings against Trump in January. Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol as President Joe Biden’s electoral victory was being certified, though the Senate did not vote to convict him.

One resolution, offered by Shannon Burns of Strongsville, called on Gonzalez to resign, claiming he “betrayed his constituents,” “demonstrated a hidden vendetta against” Trump, and “relied on his emotions rather than the will of his constituents and any credible facts” in voting to impeach.

Here’s the full @OhioGOP resolution passed today calling on @RepAGonzalez to resign for voting to impeach Trump pic.twitter.com/xKHGIRgxAM

— Jeremy Pelzer (@jpelzer) May 7, 2021

Burns said about 5,000 people signed a petition with similar wording urging Gonzalez to resign — including two leading Republicans vying for outgoing U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s seat, ex-Treasurer Josh Mandel and ex-Ohio GOP Chair Jane Timken.

Timken initially said Gonzalez had a “rational reason” for his impeachment vote, but as Mandel has loudly criticized her over the issue, she changed her position and now favors Gonzalez leaving office.

Mandel tweeted his support of the resignation resolution, writing that Gonzalez should be “eradicated from the Republican Party.” Timken tweeted that she fully agrees with censuring Gonzalez, though she didn’t mention the call for him to resign.

The resolution passed after lengthy debate by central committee members, including critics who said it would have a “chilling effect” on Republican lawmakers voting the way they think is proper.

Before the vote calling for resignation, the Ohio Republican Party’s State Central Committee also passed a resolution censuring Gonzalez and other House Republicans from other states for supporting impeachment.

A spokesman for Gonzalez did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the two resolutions. Following the impeachment vote in January, Gonzalez said in a statementthat he was “compelled to support impeachment” because Trump “helped organize and incite a mob that attacked the United States Congress” and “abandoned his post while many members asked for help, thus further endangering all present.”

Both Ohio GOP resolutions, by themselves, are not binding. Gonzalez is already facing a 2022 primary challenge from ex-Trump aide Max Miller.

The censure motion also mentions U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Tom Rice of South Carolina, Dan Newhouse and Jaime Herrera Buetler of Washington, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton and Peter Meijer of Michigan, John Katko of New York, and David Valadao of California.

Here’s the censure resolution of @RepAGonzalez that @OhioGOP leaders are set to vote on shortly pic.twitter.com/w5Aw4ymvSI

— Jeremy Pelzer (@jpelzer) May 7, 2021

Gonzalez, a 36-year-old former Ohio State University and pro football player, is in his second term representing Ohio’s GOP-leaning 16th Congressional District, which stretches down from Rocky River to Wooster, then heads east into Portage County. Last year, Gonzalez had no primary opponents and cruised to re-election with more than 63% of the vote.

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