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Will Rep. Rodney Davis run for governor or stay in the safe house? Meeting with FOP in Chicago

WASHINGTON – While Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill. Ponders his options for 2022 – another choice of house or governor – he made a notable stopover in Chicago on Monday: meeting with members of the Fraternal Order of Police and other law enforcement officers organized by a House GOP task force.

Davis, 51, of Taylorville, United States – a former Hill employee who was first elected to Congress in 2012 – is well known in the Capitol but is slim in the Chicago area.

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President John Catanzara – a very strong supporter of former President Donald Trump – has just quit his job with the Chicago Police Department to avoid disciplinary charges and is flirting with a 2023 run against Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

The GOP-friendly FOP held a meeting Monday with Davis and Rep. John Katko, RN.Y., chairman of the American Security Task Force, which was established by the Republicans of the House of Representatives and had only GOP members.

The round table was attended by representatives from Chicago FOP Lodge 7, Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Illinois FOP Labor Council and Illinois Troopers Lodge 41, a task force spokesman said. I don’t know if Catanzara was at the meeting.

Katko has held similar round tables in New York City, Portland, Austin, and Syracuse. Although Davis is not a member of the task force, he joined Katko.

Davis’ attack on Governor JB Pritzker and Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx, who is not running for re-election, after the FOP meeting signals a likely law and order issue in a statewide run.

“In addition to the daily challenges they face in tact, law enforcement shouldn’t have to deal with a governor and general assembly promoting anti-police policies or an incompetent, far-left Cook County prosecutor who is increasingly apostate.” “Violent crime incidents,” Davis said in a statement.

“It is clear that the anti-police agenda that the Democrats are promoting is not working. Our police need elected officers to back them up. This is how we promote public safety and reduce crime. “


Davis said he will make a decision after Pritzker signs the new congressional card as expected. Here are a few factors to consider:

* The Democrats’ card makers drew a safe Republican ward for Davis.

The wildcard here is if the newly minted Rep Mary Miller, R-Ill., A passionate Trumpist who dated Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill. Thrown in a downstate district, decides to take on Davis instead. Candidates do not have to live in the district they wish to represent.

* Republicans could take control of the House of Representatives in 2022. Davis would likely be a committee chairman, rise to leadership positions, and increase his national standing.

* Even if Davis beat Pritzker, he would have a miserable government experience with the likely majority of the Democratic Houses in the House and Senate.

* Billionaire hedge fund mogul Ken Griffin said he was “all in” for beating fellow billionaire Pritzker, which means tens of millions of dollars out his door. Who should you spend it on? Who will win the Ken Griffin competition?

Griffin, the founder and CEO of Citadel based in Chicago, doesn’t have an obviously strong candidate.

The four declared GOP candidates for governor – Gary Rabine of Bull Valley; State Senator Darren Bailey from Xenia; former State Senator Paul Schimpf von Waterloo; and Jesse Sullivan from Petersburg – are untested and little known.

And does Griffin really want to move all-in for Bailey, a strong trumper who is best positioned right now?

One Griffin money game alone cannot beat Pritzker. Griffin – who doesn’t want to run himself – has to find someone worth spending tens of millions on.

Is that Rodney Davis?


Representative Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. were the only two Republicans who joined all Democrats in reprimanding Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., for posting a video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y.

Davis, Miller, Bost, and Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., All voted against Gosar’s disapproval.

Abby Witt, executive director of the Illinois Democratic Party, said in a statement: “Can someone please remind these Republicans that Donald Trump is no longer president? You don’t have to bury your head in the sand when an elected leader posts totally inappropriate violent rhetoric against women on social media. “

The DPI also launched digital ads on Facebook and Instagram that hit Davis, Miller, Bost and LaHood for voting no on the Infrastructure Bill, where Kinzinger was one of 13 Republicans who voted yes. The move will pump millions of dollars into their districts for projects and programs.

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