Rep. Anthony Gonzales was a rising star in the Republican firmament until a vengeful Trump helped snuff out the reelection campaign of the intelligent, charismatic two-term Ohioan as a warning to others of what awaits infidels in his party.
In 2018, Gonzales was the party’s prize recruit for an Ohio seat, a Cuban-American football star out of Ohio State, a first-round draft pick of the Colts with an MBA from Stanford. All was fine—Trump loves athletes and took Gonzales on Air Force One—until Gonzales voted to impeach the president over Jan. 6. That day, Gonzales was present during a phone call in which the president could have called off his mob but didn’t.
Gonzales says that although he could have beaten the crony Trump chose to challenge him, he decided it wouldn’t be worth the effort it would take only to return to a caucus in thrall to a flawed man he called a “cancer” on the party and who forced him to get security to protect his family. His retirement comes two days before his 37th birthday.