Ask anyone who follows politics to name the QAnon supporters in Congress and they will probably give you the names of the two most mentally challenged imbeciles in the House, Lauren Boebert of Rifle, Colorado and Marjorie Traitor Greene, the blowjob queen of rural northwest Georgia. But they forget another madwoman who is as devoted to the idiocy of QAnon as they are, Illinois crackpot, Mary Miller.
Whenever there's a small faction of drooling GOP fascists banding together to obstruct something useful or popular, Miller can always be counted on to be standing shoulder to shoulder with Boebert, Gaetz, Gosar, Traitor Greene, Cawthorn, Biggs, Jordan, etc. For example, when just 21 GOP fascists opposed the popular, bipartisan resolution to give the police who protected Congress from the 1/6 insurrectionists a congressional gold medal, Miller was part of the pack who voted against it. Same when repeal of the AUMF came up; Miller, an outspoken Nazi, is a forever-war kind of gal.
A vicious anti-Semite with ties to the violent domestic terrorists, the Three Percenters, on her second day in Congress she was already quoting her beloved Adolf and inspiring other Illinois political leaders-- from both parties-- to demand she resign. On Jan. 5, 2021 she quoted Hitler to a fascist group and said he was right: "Each generation has the responsibility to teach and train the next generation. You know, if we win a few elections, we're still going to be losing unless we win the hearts and minds of our children. This is the battle. Hitler was right on one thing: he said, 'Whoever has the youth has the future." The chair of the Illinois Republican Party, Tim Schneider, called her language "wrong and disgusting" and urged her to apologize. Illinois' governor, J.B. Pritzker, called her remarks "unfathomable and disgusting. Hitler got nothing right. This reprehensible rhetoric has no place in our politics."
Illinois politicians-- Democrats loudly, Republicans softly-- cheered new district lines that are likely to see Miller lose her congressional seat. One of her colleagues on the House Education and Labor Committee told me yesterday that Miller "isn't as stupid as Cawthorn [who is also on the committee] or Greene but she's just as seditious... At least half a dozen Republicans on the committee have told me they wish she was assigned to another committee instead... We have a Hitlerite in the House."
Politico reporters Ally Mutnick and Olivia Beavers wrote this morning that "Illinois’ new congressional map splits her downstate district in two, leaving her in the undesirable spot of choosing between challenging GOP Reps. Mike Bost or Rodney Davis, two well-funded and popular incumbents who have both declared 2022 bids. And while she squirms to decide her next move, her Democratic colleagues seem to be basking in her predicament. 'I do not feel sorry for Mary Miller,' said Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), who represents Chicago and also chairs the state Democratic Party. 'I think Mike Bost is a decent human being. I think Rodney Davis is a decent human being. And I don't recall them ever speaking lovingly of Adolf Hitler,' said Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)."
Democrats in Springfield... created a new deep blue seat by uniting parts of Bost’s and Davis’s district into a snake that runs from East St. Louis north and east through Springfield, Decatur and Champaign, and created two other artfully drawn red-leaning seats downstate.
Davis is the only incumbent in the new 15th District, a sprawling centrally placed seat that includes of some Miller's old turf. But the rest of her former seat-- and Miller’s hometown of Oakland-- is in Bost’s 12th District to the south. Miller appears to be shoved in with Bost: A skinny thumb jumps up above the northern border of the seat to include her house.
Bost moved quickly, declaring a run in the southern district in October and later rolling out endorsements from dozens of local mayors and elected officials and former GOP Rep. John Shimkus, who held Miller’s current district for 12 terms.
Bost said he called Miller a month ago, before he announced his campaign. “I asked her to get back with me. She had never got back to me,” he said in a brief interview Thursday on the Capitol steps, where Miller passed by her potential opponent soon after, on her way inside to vote.
Davis, meanwhile, announced earlier this week that he would seek reelection in the central district rather than run for governor.
Miller remains undecided but undeterred.
“I'm running for Congress,” Miller told Politico in a brief interview earlier this week. But she said she had not yet figured out where she would run. She said previously she wouldn’t be intimidated by the new maps, remarking in October: “I can say I laughed when I read that they think they’re terrorizing me. Because I am not scared."
...Earlier this year, she participated in a press conference with the caucus advocating for a resolution that would’ve removed Kinzinger (R-IL) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from their committee assignments after they separately accepted appointments by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Bost and Davis, elected in 2014 and 2012, respectively, have more seniority and could be in line for committee leadership roles. (Davis is the top Republican on the House Administration Committee, and Bost is the ranking member of the House Veteran Affairs Committee.)
Yet it might be somewhat easy for her to draw a contrast with Davis, who voted to certify the 2020 presidential election and to establish an independent Jan. 6 commission, unlike Miller.
Asked if he fears a challenge from Miller in the new 15th District, Davis pushed back: “I don't know if I've ever given the impression when I've been out here in the last nine years that I'm really afraid of much, so you take on all challenges.”
“We didn't ask for the gerrymandered mess that is the Illinois map,” Davis added. “But I'm going to run in the district that I live in, which is always where I will run. And my job is to make sure that we hold that seat for Republicans.”
Bost also did not seem to fear a matchup against Miller, touting endorsements and geographic edge. “If you look at the largest cities," he said, referring to the 12th District, "the first five largest cities are in my old district,"
...In Illinois, Bustos, who is retiring after this term, said she feels confident she already knows the outcome.
“If she chooses to run against Bost, he's going to beat her. If she chooses to run against Davis, Davis is going to beat her,” she said. “Literally, whatever she picks, she's going to lose."