Former Trump White House Aide Max Miller Won Republican Primary In Redrawn 7th Congressional District

CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 4, 2022)— Former Donald Trump White House aide Max Miller on Tuesday won a four-way Republican primary in Ohio’s redrawn 7th congressional district, whose new lines include western and southern parts of Cuyahoga County, including Rocky River, Parma and Solon, all of Medina and Wayne counties, and northern Holmes County.

He will face Bay Village podcast producer Matthew Diemer in November’s general election contest. Diemer was the only Democrat seeking the seat, after two others who filed paperwork to run decided to suspend their campaigns. The reconfigured district is 53.61% Republican, according to Dave’s Redistricting App, which means the winner of the GOP primary has a strong chance of winning in the congressional seat in November.

Other Republicans seeking the seat were non-profit founder Jonah Schulz, small business owner Charlie Gaddis of Medina and Berea social worker and podcaster Anthony Leon Alexander.

The retirement of two incumbent GOP congress members who currently represent most of the new district paved the way for Miller’s victory.

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Rocky River announced his retirement in the wake of voting to impeach former President Donald Trump after last year’s Capitol Hill riot by Trump supporters who wanted to overturn results of the 2020 presidential election. Blowback against Gonzalez was swift. Miller launched a campaign against Gonzalez with Trump’s endorsementThe Ohio Republican Party called on Gonzalez to resign and Trump held his first rally during the election cycle in Lorain County to back Miller.

The GOP congressman who represents the next highest proportion of its territory — Rep. Bob Gibbs Holmes County — decided to retire after a district map was released that lumped him in with Miller and others who got into the race to challenge Gonzalez. Gibbs released a statement that criticized “the circus redistricting has become in Ohio.” Trump’s camp announced his Miller endorsement would carry over to a primary against Gibbs, even though Gibbs was a loyal Trump supporter throughout Trump’s lone term.

Miller’s fundraising totals dwarfed the other candidates. As of April 13, he had raised almost $2 million for his campaign, and spent slightly over $1.5 million, filings submitted to the Federal Election Commission indicate. The campaign had $456,633 in the bank, and owed $550,000 in loans to the candidate, who is a grandson of Forest City Enterprises founder Sam Miller. The Republican with the next highest amount of money was Schulz, who collected $73,898.

Miller got a high-profile plug from Trump at an April 23 rally in Delaware County where the former president boosted the Ohio candidates he endorsed.

“He’s a great guy, going to be a tremendous congressman,” Trump said of Miller, who was known as “the Music Man” at the White House because his tasks included playing Trump’s favorite show tunes, such as “Memory” from Cats, to calm him down when he was upset. “I’m proud of him. He’s like, my boy.”

“We know how to make America great,” Miller said at the rally. “We know how to make it great again, and thanks to President Trump, w know exactly how we’re going to do it. It starts by electing America first warriors in the primary.”
Source: Cleveland

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