U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales faces GOP censure vote

March 4, 2023

According to the Washington Examiner, the Republican Party of Texas is about to hold a vote on whether or not to censure U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX). 

This comes after Gonzales recently parted ways with Republicans on a number of hot-button issues, including on everything from illegal immigration to same-sex marriage to gun control and more.

Gonzales is also well-known for his anti-Trump stance. He was one of the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching former President Donald Trump following the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

Gonzales represents Texas's 23rd Congressional District. And, despite the fact that he often stands opposed to Republican interests, he, as a Republican, ran for reelection in the 2022 midterm elections and won - easily.

The censure

The censure resolution comes from the Medina County Republican Party.

According to the San Antonio Report:

The complaint stems from a censure . . . by the Medina County Republican Party . . . that says Gonzales failed to uphold the party’s values by voting in support of same-sex marriage, voting against the new GOP majority’s rules package and voting for a gun safety measure inspired by the the Uvalde school shooting. Gonzales broke with the rest of the state’s House Republicans on all three votes.

The complaint, according to the San Antonio Report, goes on to take issue with a number of other stances recently taken by Gonzales, including his stance on the southern border crisis.

Gonzels's response

Despite the criticism, Gonzales has remained defiant. If anything, the criticism may have strengthened his resolve with regard to some of these issues.

Gonzales, in response to the criticism, has insisted that the criticism is unfounded because he votes with House Republicans most of the time.

"The reality is I’ve taken almost 1,400 votes, and the bulk of those have been with the Republican Party," Gonzales.

For many, though, this has not been the most convincing explanation, particularly because Gonzales has parted ways with Republicans on some of the party's most important issues. In other words, sometimes it is not about the quantity of votes but rather the quality.

The vote

According to Fox News, the vote on whether or not to censure Gonzales will take place over the weekend.

The outlet reports, "the 64-member State Republican Executive Committee will gather for its quarterly meeting in Austin on Saturday and vote on the resolution."

According to the San Antonio Report, there are several possible punishments that Gonzales may face if he is censured, the most significant of which would be prohibiting Gonzales from receiving financial assistance from the party.

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