In June, the House of Representatives passed a bill establishing a House Select Committee to explore the facts surrounding the now infamous riot at the Capital building. The resolution passed in the House 222 to 190, with all Democrats voting in favor, joined by two RINOs; Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney.
The bill allows House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to select a group of five Republicans, and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi to select a group of eight Democrats, to serve on the House Select Committee. Politico reported, and the Daily Caller has confirmed, that Minority Leader McCarthy will be announcing the following five Republicans to serve on the committee:
- Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana
- Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio
- Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois
- Rep. Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota
- Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas
These five Republicans will be charged with a massive responsibility. The report ultimately issues by this committee has the potential to be the single most important document in determining what the narrative around the faux-insurrection may be in the lead up to the 2022 midterm elections as well as the 2024 general election and beyond. Given that the committee is stacked in the Democrats’ favor, eight to five, this team of Republicans will face an uphill battle in both trying to obtain relevant information, and perhaps more importantly, alerting the public as to what that information is and what tactics have been taken by Democrat counterparts to prevent the group from obtaining or releasing information.
Rep. Jim Jordon (R-OH)
Rep. Jordan is clearly the senior figure here – from both a technical and practical standpoint. He has represented Ohio’s 4th Congressional District since 2007 and is a well-known figure in American politics, particularly in the left-wing Media where is reviled as an enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump and a perennial thorn in the side of Biden’s coronavirus task force. The outspoken Congressman is a lawyer, a ranking member of the prestigious House Judiciary Committee as well as a recognizable and respected name across the Cultural Right. He has most recently made headlines for his spats with public health officials in a series of Congressional hearings regarding the Biden Administration’s handling of the pandemic. He has specifically taken aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, as seen in the video below from a hearing in June.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN)
Jim Banks has represented the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana since 2017. He holds an MBA from Grace College and Seminary, served in the U.S. Navy Reserve and currently serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs as well as the House Committee on Armed Services. He has gained a reputation as a hard-line Trump supporter, played a key role in ousting Liz Cheney from her leadership position in Congress and joined a lawsuit challenging the Biden’s electoral victory in the 2020 Presidential election. Banks also voted against congressional certification of that election in January; a move that caused him to be demonized by left-wing pundits.
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
Rodney Davis has represented the very purple 13th Congressional District of Illinois since 2013. He won his 2018 re-election bid by a scant 0.8%. Davis holds a BA in Political Science and serves on the House Committee for Agriculture. He has a reputation for being a very moderate Republican, which could make him susceptible to Democrat pressure in the months ahead when considering the fact he will be running for reelection in a purple district that he managed to carry by the skin of his teeth in prior years.
Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND)
Armstrong was elected in 2018, by a landslide margin, to represent North Dakota’s At-Large Congressional District. He is an attorney, arriving at Congress after a career in private practice. He currently serves on the House Committees on Ethics as well as Energy and Commerce. Armstrong has been a strong advocate for the energy industry in North Dakota, as highlighted by his advocacy for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX)
Nehls will be the most junior congressional member of this team, having won his seat representing Texas’ 22nd Congressional District just last year. Nehls served in the US Army Reserve for 21 years, attaining the rank of Major and two Bronze Star medals. Prior to his election to Congress, he served as the Fort Bend (Texas) County Sheriff for eight years; taking credit for significantly reducing crime rates and implementing a cutting-edge, anti-recidivism plan.
On the whole, I give Kevin McCarthy four out of five stars for his selections. Jim Jordon is certainly the man to lead the charge; Banks and Armstrong will make solid additions as well. I have no issue with Nehls other than the fact that he is so new to Congress; he virtually has no record to be judged by. On the other hand, his record leading up to his recent election appears to be solid, and besides, the fact that he is so new may turn out to be more of an asset than a liability, as he doesn’t bring the political baggage to the table that other members do.
It’s Rodney Davis that concerns me; he appears to be the weak link here. Davis’ presence on this team does nothing to help the Republican cause. These men will face unrelenting pressure from Democrats who will inevitably fight tooth-and-nail to suppress certain information and deny the committee issuance of subpoenas along the way. All five of the Republican members will consistently be in liberal media headlines over the next year or more – portrayed as highly partisan agitators who are ‘working to denigrate our democracy.’ With his moderate record, razor-thin vote margin and purple constituency back home, I cannot see how being associated with this team, let alone being an aggressive contributor to it, affects Davis in any way other than making him politically vulnerable. I sincerely hope that Kevin McCarthy knows something I don’t – perhaps Davis was placed on the team specifically because of his experience with high-profile fights in Illinois, whereas the other members comparatively steamrolled their way into Congress. I think Davis is entitled to the benefit of the doubt, but time will tell.