Trump-fueled primaries endanger Republicans looking to investigate Jan. 6 panel

representative Mike Bost (R-Ill.), who endorsed Davis, said that while other GOP lawmakers lost primaries, many of them had been critical of Trump and “that was not the case with Rodney.”

“What’s really wild is that while he didn’t get a wink from Trump, he was one of Trump’s coordinators in his last election,” Bost added. “I think Rodney will win. I’m sorry they were thrown together like that.”

Davis, who was asked in a brief interview about his dealings with Trump, said they had a “good working relationship” while he was in the White House, but acknowledged that “I haven’t spoken to the president in a while.”

An inquiry into the select committee would significantly escalate the House GOP’s months-long effort to undermine the investigation into Trump’s efforts to undermine the 2020 election, and would kill Republicans of interest to the Jan. 6 panel. to lead the investigation. representative Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), whom the panel contacted during a tour he led on Jan. 5, sits on the House Administration Committee.

And Davis, first elected in 2012, could be seen as an odd man out to lead the way in a GOP inquiry into the select committee next year.

He voted to confirm Biden’s 2020 election victory and was one of 35 House Republicans backing a proposal for a Jan. 6 bipartisan committee that ultimately died in the Senate. Those two votes put him at odds with most of his Republican House colleagues, including members of the leadership. Miller has not hesitated to hit him on those points during the campaign.

According to Georgetown University’s The Lugar Center and McCourt School of Public Policy, he’s also ranked as one of the top 10 most bipartisan House Republicans in 2021. Those moderate leanings, an asset to his previous district, have become a potential liability if he tries. to win over a more conservative part of the state.

Miller, whose campaign did not respond to a request for comment, has nicknamed him “‘RINO’ Rodney Davis,” an acronym that stands for Republican in name only, and said he “stabbed President Trump in the back by voting on the Jan. 6 sham commission.” Although Davis supported the bipartisan committee, he did not vote to form the select committee now investigating the attack.

After Miller’s rally with Trump was announced, Davis responded by strengthening his own ties to Trump. He said he “hoped that President Trump and Republican voters are aware of Mary Miller’s baggage” and that she “put America last in Congress.”

The House leadership had urged the former president to stay out of the race, but members of the chamber’s Freedom Caucus urged him to support Miller. The internal strife has been 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 have also spent about $3.5 against Davis and nearly $3 million against Miller.

And while Davis doesn’t have the approval, he has largely voted with Trump’s agenda, including tuning in 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 drive historic tax cuts and really change the way Washington works,” Davis said. He added that he is planning investigations into the Jan. 6 panel “because it’s the right thing to do.”

Those dynamics could prove pivotal in his showdown with Miller, one of many sit-on-seat matchups in the wake of the realignment that has forced both sides into heavy fighting. Davis currently represents the state’s 13th district, which is ranked R+8 by FiveThirtyEight. But the newly redesigned 15th district, where he and Miller both operate, will receive an R+42 .

When asked whether the January 6 fallout will affect the race, Aaron DeGroot, a spokesperson for Davis, noted that Miller had missed the vote to form the select committee, arguing that the January 6 committee “does not register.” as a top problem for Republican primary voters.”

“Rodney’s work on this issue preceded the Illinois reclassification and the primary campaign he currently faces. It has nothing to do with the campaign,” he added.

But his criticism of the Jan. 6 commission puts him completely in line with most House Republicans, from Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy all the way to the regular members.

Davis stood side by side with senior conference members earlier this month to crush the Jan. 6 committee as it launched its first of a series of hearings. Beside him sat McCarthy, GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), co-founder and current member of the House Freedom Caucus, who will line up next year to wield the gavel of the Judiciary Committee.

“Nancy Pelosi’s bogus commission is illegal and has the sole purpose of punishing Democrats’ political opponents. It will not prevent another January 6 from happening,” Stefanik said.

Davis has also collaborated with a group of GOP lawmakers, including Banks and Jordan, on an unofficial investigation into Capitol security on Jan. 6 — a line of questions central to the GOP’s attempts to tell the story of the commission without directly addressing charges against Trump.

“I hope our recommendations … can be adopted by the House Administration Committee and others if we get the majority back,” Banks said of the group’s upcoming report.

Davis indicated he would use his position on top of the commission to investigate both the current Jan. 6 panel and Capitol security. He has already asked the select committee to keep documents, a first step towards laying the groundwork for a GOP-led probe.

He also accused the committee of sidestepping questions about Capitol security — something members have said they included as part of their investigation.

“Those are questions we’ll be asking when we take the majority,” Davis said.

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