Despite President Trump losing his 2020 reelection, he has remained a prominent force in Republican politics. During his presidency, Trump was able to force out prominent RINO’s such as Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee. Trump’s endorsement has boosted America First candidates across the country who are trying to push the Republican Party in a more conservative direction.
In Ohio, Representative Anthony Gonzalez was forced into retirement by a Trump-endorsed candidate after he voted to impeach President Trump. Now, another Republican Congressman is set to retire after redistricting has put him up against the same candidate.
Yahoo News Reports–
“Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs announced his sudden retirement on Wednesday, declaring himself a casualty of “the circus” over Ohio’s still-unresolved congressional map.
The six-term congressman from Amish Country exits a primary race in northeast Ohio that, under new temporary maps, would have put him up against Trump-backed Republican Max Miller.
Early voting is already underway.
Miller was initially recruited to defeat U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who joined a handful of fellow Republicans who voted in favor of the former Republican president’s impeachment. Gonzalez has since retired.
In a statement, Gibbs said “almost 90% of the electorate” in the new 7th Congressional District where he would be required to run is new, with nearly two-thirds drawn in from another district “foreign to any expectations or connection” to the district he now serves.”
Gibbs was generally seen as supportive of President Trump, but was forced out of his seat because of redistricting that put the Trump-endorsed candidate in his district. President Trump released a statement congraulating him on an accomplished career fighting the radical left and promoting conservative values when news of his retirement broke.
Ohio’s Supreme Court has allowed legal challenges to Ohio’s new legislative maps to extend well in to election season, causing confusion for candidates on both sides of the aisle.