Aug 23, 2022 - Politics

Mary Miller missing from IL GOP messaging

Photo of a woman standing behind a podium at a campaign rally.
U.S. Rep. Mary Miller gives remarks after receiving an endorsement from former President Trump in June in Mendon, Illinois. Photo: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

The Illinois GOP gathered last week in Springfield for the big Republican Day rally at the State Fair, but one prominent Republican up for reelection in November was noticeably absent — Rep. Mary Miller.

Why it matters: At a time when IL GOP party leaders are publicly acknowledging that President Joe Biden fairly won the 2020 election, journalists wonder whether Miller's robust enthusiasm for former President Donald Trump would have struck a sour note at the rally.

Flashback: Trump endorsed Miller in her primary victory over Rep. Rodney Davis.

What they're saying: When reporters repeatedly asked IL GOP chair Don Tracy about her absence at the rally, he responded, "I don't know where Mary Miller is."

Yes, but: Miller's office did not respond to our questions.

Between the lines: "The sooner all GOPers repudiate all Trump's actions, the better we can identify with average Americans who have been pummeled by Biden's bitter policy failures," GOP analyst and former Chicago commissioner of elections Chris Robling tells Axios.

  • "Trump belongs in the rear-view mirror, getting smaller all the time."
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