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Ohio GOP censures Rep. Gonzalez, demands his resignation over vote to impeach Trump

State party issues "vote of no confidence" against two-term rep.

Updated: May 8, 2021 - 11:32am

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The Republican Party of Ohio on Friday both censured and called for the resignation of Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez due to his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 

The resignation resolution from the Ohio Republican Party Central Committee, which repeatedly misspells the representative's name as "Gonzales," claims that "at best" Gonzalez "relied on his emotions rather than the will of his constituents" when casting a vote in favor of impeaching Trump, while "at worst" he "demonstrated a hidden vendetta" against the president "in direct conflict of the will of the constituents that elected him."

"We believe that Congressman Gonzalez knowingly and wilfully violated his oath of office," the resolution says further, arguing that "the decision to side with Democrats" on the impeachment matter "severed the confidence" of the Ohio Republican Party. 

"[T]hus we call upon him, in the strongest terms, TO RESIGN his position as US Representative to the 16th Congressional District of Ohio," the measure declares.

In addition to censuring Gonzalez, the committee also censured the nine other House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the Capitol riot. 

Gonzalez was first elected to Congress in 2018 and won re-election in 2020.