U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez is an able, conscientious, thought leader who represents his district effectively, putting policy and the interests of his citizens above partisan politics. He is not my congressman but I follow his political platforms, view him as an individual with high character and integrity, and felt comfortable with him representing Ohio constituents.
I am disappointed that the political pressures of his anti-Trump stance and the lack of support of his own right-wing Ohio Republican Party have led him to the decision to step aside. He and Sen. Rob Portman have made a decision to move on, so we have lost two effective legislators to the all-or-nothing Donald Trump supporters. As voters, we must and will decide that candidates who support the will and needs of the people will be voted in and those candidates that encourage partisan policy politics will be voted out. I hope U.S. Rep. Gonzalez will reconsider his decision and choose to run for re-election.
Michael J. Barone,