Representative. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Who backed Davis, said that while other GOP lawmakers lost their primaries, many of them had been critical of Trump and “that was not the case with Rodney.”
“The really crazy thing is that while he didn’t get Trump approval, he was one of Trump’s coordinators in his last election,” Bost added. “I think Rodney will win. I’m sorry they were put together that way. “
Davis, when asked about his relationship with Trump in a short interview, said they had a “good working relationship” while he was in the White House, but acknowledged that “I haven’t talked to the president in a while.”
An investigation into the select committee would represent a significant escalation of the House GOP’s months-long effort to undermine the investigation into Trump’s efforts to subvert the 2020 elections and could leave Republicans interested in the Jan.6 panel investigating it. Representative. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Who was contacted by the jury for a tour he led on Jan. 5, is on the House Management Committee.
And Davis, who was first elected in 2012, could be seen as a strange adaptation to lead a GOP investigation into the select committee next year.
He voted to certify Biden’s election victory in 2020 and was one of 35 House Republicans who backed a proposal for a bipartisan commission on Jan.6 that ultimately died in the Senate. Those two votes put him at odds with most of his Republican colleagues in the House, including members of the leadership. Miller didn’t hesitate to hit him on those points during the campaign.
He was also ranked as one of the top 10 most bipartisan House Republicans in 2021, according to the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Those moderate tendencies, an asset to his former borough, have become a potential liability as he seeks to conquer a more conservative area of the state.
Miller, whose campaign did not respond to a request for comment, did nicknamed him “‘RINO’ Rodney Davis”, an acronym that stands for Republican in name only, and claimed to have “stabbed President Trump in the back by voting for the bogus January 6 Commission.” Although Davis supported the bipartisan commission, he did not vote to form the select committee that is now probing the attack.
After the announcement of Miller’s demonstration with Trump, Davis responded by touting his ties to Trump. She said that she “hopes President Trump and Republican voters are aware of the baggage Mary Miller has” and that she “has put America in the last place in Congress.”
House leadership had urged the former president to stay out of the race, but House Freedom Caucus members pushed him to support Miller. The struggle within the party was fueled by outside spending, with more than $ 2.6 million spent in support of Davis and more than $ 2.2 million for Miller as of Thursday night, according to OpenSecrets. Outside groups also spent about $ 3.5 against Davis and nearly $ 3 million against Miller.
And although Davis doesn’t have the approval, he has largely voted with Trump’s agenda, including aligning himself with more than 88 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight.
“I’m not going to shy away from the work we’ve done together to help pass historic tax cuts, really change the way Washington operates,” Davis said. He added that he is planning the investigation on the January 6 panel “because it is the right thing to do”.
That dynamic could be key in his confrontation with Miller, one of several encounters between incumbents and incumbents in the wake of the reorganization that has forced both sides into tough battles. Davis currently represents the 13th district in the state, rated R + 8 by FiveThirtyEight. But the newly redesigned 15th district, where he and Miller both run, has a rating of R + 42.
Asked whether the Jan.6 relapse is affecting the race, Aaron DeGroot, a spokesperson for Davis, noted that Miller missed the vote on the select committee formation and said the Jan.6 committee “is not registering as a main issue for Republican primary voters ”.
Rodney’s work on this issue preceded the district reorganization in Illinois and the major campaign he currently faces. It is not related to the campaign, “she added.
But his critique of the Jan.6 committee puts him perfectly in line with most House Republicans, by the minority leader Kevin McCarthy down to the base members.
Davis stood side-by-side with prominent conference members earlier this month to blow up the Jan.6 Committee as he launched his first of a series of hearings. Beside him was McCarthy, president of the GOP conference Elise Stefanik (RNY), president of the Republican study committee Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Rep. Jim Giordano (R-Ohio), a co-founder and current member of the House Freedom Caucus who is in line to wield the Judiciary Committee gavel next year.
“Nancy Pelosi’s fictional committee is illegitimate and its sole purpose is to punish the political opponents of the Democrats. It won’t stop another January 6 from happening, ”Stefanik said.
Davis also worked with a group of GOP lawmakers, including Banks and Jordan, on an unofficial security investigation of the Capitol on Jan.6 – a line of questions at the heart of the GOP’s attempts to thwart the committee’s narrative without addressing. directly the accusations against Briscola.
“I hope our recommendations … can be heard by the House Administration Committee and others when we have the majority back,” Banks said of the group’s next report.
Davis indicated he would use his perch atop the committee to probe both the current Jan.6 panel and Capitol security. He has already asked the select committee to preserve the documents, a first step in laying the groundwork for a GOP-led investigation.
He also accused the committee of evading questions about the security of the Capitol, something members said they included as part of their investigation.
“These are questions we’re going to ask ourselves when we get the majority,” Davis said.