It’s tempting to think of this in the context of the current GOP political maelstrom, but that could very well be inaccurate. It’s unknown what Senator Gudex’s actual motive was. It’s been at least a year (if I remember right) since he decided he was not going to run for reelection.
I didn’t know the Senator personally, but I know people who were acquainted with him. He was the sort of man who made a good impression on people, and who people (myself included) would have been happy to vote for, had he decided to run for reelection. In fact, I recall some consternation among conservatives in these parts when he announced he was not going to do that.
I am a die-hard skeptic in terms of the existence of an afterlife, but if there is such a thing, I hope he is forgiven for taking his own life, and that he can find some peace.