President Trump has been the most attacked president in modern history.
Liberals obviously hate him, but the most disappointing opposition comes from establishment Republicans who are too eager to cut deals with Democrats.
Now one former NFL player could become another obstruction to Trump’s “America First” agenda.
Termed-out Ohio governor John Kasich has proven to be a “squish” who was constantly a thorn in Trump’s side during the GOP primary. Republicans who don’t fulfill campaign promises have sadly become the norm among establishment candidates, but Trump has been the shot in the arm the party needed.
However, Anthony Gonzalez, a former Ohio State standout receiver and first-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts who hails from Kasich’s home state, just won a GOP primary that could be a move in the wrong direction for the party.
Gonzalez has the “establishment” stench on him, which makes his defeat of pro-Trump challenger Christina Hagan disconcerting.
Former Ohio State wide receiver and Indianapolis Colts player Anthony Gonzalez won his primary bid for Ohio’s 16th Congressional District on Tuesday.
Gonzalez won the quick support of a list of former NFL colleagues when he announced his primary challenge. Among others, NFL teammate Peyton Manning and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam donated to Gonzalez’s bid for the Republican nomination. The Cuyahoga County GOP also endorsed him.
Gonzalez won the nomination with 53.1 percent of the vote beating “America First” opponent Christina Hagan, Cox Media’s Land of 10 reported.
In a post-election statement, Gonzalez promised to “authentically represent” his constituents.
“Our goal has been to authentically represent our shared values while articulating our vision for the future of Northeast Ohio and our great country,” Gonzalez said via Twitter. “We were beyond proud to earn endorsements from local elected officials, grassroots leaders, and everyday voters. These incredible people, and countless others throughout the 16th district, helped make tonight a reality.”
Gonzalez will next face Democrat Susan Moran Palmer in the fall general election to determine who will go to Washington to replace Republican Jim Renacci who quit his seat to run for U.S. Senate — Renacci also won his primary bid.
The Cleveland-born Gonzalez played with the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2004-2006 and then was a first-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played five seasons with the Colts and spent one final season as a practice squad member with the New England Patriots.
Hagan had the support of the Freedom Caucus behind her, but Gonzalez was able to secure more big-money endorsements.
Gonzalez ran on conservative principles like reforming healthcare and building the wall, but only time will tell if he intends to keep his promises, or sell useless “swamp” land to his potential constituents.