representing Mike Bost (R-Ill.), who backed Davis, said while other GOP lawmakers have lost primaries, many of them have criticized Trump and “Rodney has not.”
“What’s really crazy is that even though he didn’t get the green light 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 this.
Davis, when asked about his relationship with Trump in a brief interview, said they had a “good working relationship” while he was in the White House, but acknowledged that “I haven’t spoken with the president. for a while”.
An investigation into the select committee would be a significant escalation of the House GOP’s months-long effort to undermine the investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and could put Republicans who interested the Jan. 6 panel in charge of investigating it. representing Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), who was contacted by the panel during a tour he led Jan. 5, is on the House Administration Committee.
And Davis, who was first elected in 2012, could be seen as an odd candidate to lead a GOP inquiry into the select committee next year.
He voted to certify Biden’s victory in the 2020 election and was one of 35 House Republicans who backed a bipartisan commission proposal on Jan. 6 that ultimately died in the Senate. Those two votes put him at odds with most of his fellow House Republicans, including members of the leadership. Miller didn’t shy away from hitting him on those points during the campaign.
He was also ranked among the 10 most bipartisan Republicans in the House in 2021, according to the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Those moderate inclinations, an asset to his former district, have become a potential liability as he tries to win over a more conservative area of the state.
Miller, whose campaign did not respond to a request for comment, said nicknamed him “’RINO’ Rodney Davis,” an acronym that stands for Republican in name only, and said he “stabbed President Trump in the back while voting for the fake Jan. 6 commission.” Although Davis supported the bipartisan commission, he did not vote to form the select committee now investigating the attack.
After news broke of Miller’s rally with Trump, Davis responded by touting his own ties to Trump. He said he “hopes President Trump and Republican voters are aware of Mary Miller’s baggage” and that she “put America last in Congress.”
House leadership had urged the former speaker to stay out of the race, but members of the chamber’s Freedom Caucus pushed him to endorse Miller. The intraparty fight has been fueled by outside spending, with more than $2.6 million spent supporting Davis and more than $2.2 million for Miller as of Thursday night, according to OpenSecrets. Outside groups also spent about $3.5 on Davis and nearly $3 million on Miller.
And while Davis lacked the endorsement, he largely voted with Trump’s agenda, including aligning himself more than 88% 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 was planning investigations into the Jan. 6 panel “because it’s the right thing to do.”
That dynamic could be critical in his clash with Miller, one of several starter clashes following a redistricting that has forced both sides into uphill battles. Davis currently represents the 13th district in the state, rated R+8 by FiveThirtyEight. But the newly redesigned 15th arrondissement, where he and Miller both run, is rated R+42.
When asked if the Jan. 6 fallout swayed the race, Aaron DeGroot, a spokesman for Davis, noted that Miller missed the vote on forming the select committee and argued that the Jan. 6 committee “doesn’t register as a major issue for Republicans”. primary voters.
“Rodney’s work on this issue predated the redistricting in Illinois and the primary campaign he is currently facing. It is not related to the campaign,” he added.
But his criticism of the Jan. 6 committee puts him squarely in line with most House Republicans, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy down to grassroots members.
Davis stood side-by-side with key conference members earlier this month to blast the Jan. 6 Committee as it kicked off its first in a series of hearings. Beside him was McCarthy, chairman of the GOP conference 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 is in line to wield the Judiciary Committee gavel next year.
“Nancy Pelosi’s fictitious committee is illegitimate and its sole purpose is to punish 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 investigation into Capitol security on Jan. 6 — a series of issues central to the GOP’s attempts to counter the committee’s narrative without directly addressing the allegations against Trump.
“I hope our recommendations … can be considered by the House Administration Committee and others when we regain a majority,” Banks said of the group’s upcoming 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 hold the documents, a first step in laying the groundwork for a GOP-led investigation.
He also accused the committee of evading questions about Capitol security — which members said they included as part of their investigation.
“These are questions we will ask when we take the majority,” Davis said.