Trump backs Representative Mary Miller against Representative Rodney Davis despite calls from leaders not to get involved


Shortly after Trump’s approval, Miller, who found herself without a seat after the state’s redistribution process, announced that she would run in the state’s newly designed 15th district, where the representative of the GOP Rodney Davis is running for re-election.

“President Donald Trump inspired me to run in 2020 because our country needs principled conservatives in Congress who always put America first,” Miller said in a statement Saturday. “Today President Trump is supporting me because I am a conservative fighter who is not afraid to take on the DC swamp.”

Miller, a hard-line member of the House Freedom Caucus, recently caused a stir in the Republican conference for spreading misinformation about a vaccine registry bill and an annual defense policy bill for which many House Republicans voted for.

As CNN first reported last month, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene – another controversial fire brand who is close to Miller – had pressured Trump to back Miller, while the head of the Minority parliamentarian Kevin McCarthy had urged Trump not to get involved, worried it could make matters even more complicated for party leaders.

Davis, who is closely tied to the GOP leadership and is set to become president if Republicans topple the House, voted to certify the 2020 election results and supported a bipartisan commission to investigate the 6 insurgency. January, which Trump denounced.

But Davis, who was first elected in 2012, has also tried to bond closely with Trump at other times; he served as Trump’s campaign co-chair in Illinois and caucus for him in Iowa.

Trump has shown no qualms about getting involved in a race involving two incumbents, having previously endorsed GOP Representative Alex Mooney of West Virginia, who challenges Representative David McKinley, another State Republican, after regrouping their seats in a single district.


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