WASHINGTON – As he jumped into Illinois politics, former President Donald Trump supported the rep. Mary Miller on Saturday, establishing a blue-marked GOP primary election in 2022 with rep. Rodney Davis, who co-chaired Trump’s re-election campaign in the state.
The difference between Miller and Davis – who told me a few weeks ago in the Sun-Times “At the Table” show that he would welcome Trump’s support – is that Miller, a novice, is from the far right in MAGA in the Republican Party. which includes Miller’s friend, Trump acolyte, election denier and conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.
Miller, from Oakland, is the highest-ranking Illinois congressman promoting Trumpism.
Davis, who is seeking a sixth term, has climbed into the leadership of the GOP House and flirted with a candidacy for governor.
Trump’s move comes as he seeks to set in motion primary elections within the party to increase the number of Trump-loyal MAGA Republicans in the House ahead of his expected comeback bid in 2024 in the White House.
Within the same hour on Saturday afternoon, Trump sent his approval of Miller – and Miller announced that she would run from the new 15.th the congressional district with Trump’s backing.
Trump said Miller “does a fantastic job of representing the people of Illinois! Strong on Election Security, the Second Amendment, and our military and veterinarians, Mary is an advocate for our America First agenda. She fights hard against Joe Biden’s open borders. , runaway inflation and the radical indoctrination of our children. Mary has my full and total support! “
Miller said in a statement: “I am proud to be the only member of Congress from Illinois who is fighting to sue Joe Biden and the outlaw Biden Cabinet for leaving our border vulnerable to an invasion of illegal immigration.” Miller also cited his opposition to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Miller, in her release, noted her efforts to throw out of the House of Representatives Republican Conference Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., And Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Because they accepted appointments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Jan. .6 committee investigating the Capitol attack by Trump supporters trying to prevent Congress from officially declaring Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
Illinois lost a congressional seat in the redistribution after the 2020 census. Mike Bost from Murphysboro into two districts of central and southern Illinois.
Davis said he would run from the new 15th at the end of November, endorsements of 32 of the 35 GOP party chairmen in the district rolled out. Bost, also co-chair of Illinois Trump in 2020, is running from the new 12th.
The state’s Democratic card makers created a GOP district adapted for Davis – and one without anyone else established – as an incentive to keep him out of the 2022 governor’s race, with Governor JB Pritzker seeking another term.
Miller does not live in the new 15th district. Candidates do not have to live in the district they want to represent. Miller grew up in Naperville, the Chicago suburb, and graduated from Naperville Central High School in 1977.
With Trump’s intent for revenge, Kinzinger of Channahon in northern Illinois decided not to run again.
Davis does not advocate that Kinzinger and Cheney be thrown out of the GOP House conference. Unlike Kinzinger and Cheney, Davis did not vote to sue Trump over the January 6 uprising.
Miller’s decision to challenge Davis is not a surprise. Last month, I reported that the Miller campaign’s senior adviser, Isaiah Wartman – who is also Greene’s political adviser and 2020 campaign leader – was focused on Davis. In response to my questions, Wartman criticized Davis for not wanting to kick Kinzinger and Cheney out of the House GOP conference because of their panel membership on January 6th.
Pelosi, Wartman said, sees Davis “as an anti-Trump voice like Kinzinger and Cheney.”
Miller and her husband, State Representative Chris Miller, R-Oakland, were both at the Trump meeting on Jan. 6, which preceded the Capitol uprising. Miller spoke at the meeting – that was when she said, “Hitler was right about one thing,” though she later apologized.
Davis has the financial advantage. Pr. On September 30, Davis has $ 1,051,173 cash on hand, compared to $ 426,769 for Miller.
Petitions for the June 28 primary election in Illinois may begin to be adopted on January 13.