SPRINGFIELD - If Urbana attorney Erika Harold is successful in her GOP primary attempt to oust Congressman Rodney Davis after his freshman term, she'll have to win without the help of influential downstate House Republicans. Altogether, 29 endorsed Davis for re-election next year.
A week after Harold's announcement that she's challenging Davis in the 2014 primary, State Rep. Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville), Chairman of the Downstate GOP Caucus, announced they are endorsing the incumbent.
The Downstate GOP Caucus consists of 29 House Republican members, including Rosenthal and state Reps. Adam Brown (R-Champaign), Dan Brady (R-Normal), Rich Brauer, (R-Petersburg), C D Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville), Chad Hayes (R-Catlin), Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon), Charlie Meier (R-Okawville), Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth), Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) and Keith Sommer (R-Morton).
"Rodney Davis has been a great friend and ally to the families of the 13th District," said Rosenthal. "In just 150 days he has proven that he has what it takes to make a difference in Washington. The Downstate GOP Caucus proudly stands as one to endorse Rodney's re-election."
"Few could represent a district as sprawling and diverse as the 13th Disrict as well as Rodney," said Kay. "He has and will continue to fight for smaller government, traditional family values and our constitutional rights. He deserves to be re-elected to Congress."
"He's only been in office for five months, but in that short amount of time he's been true to his word to me and to the families of this area," said Brown. "He's doing exactly what he said he would do and I fully support him to be re-elected in 2014."
Harold has been attracting media attention over the past week, and staffers of former Congressman Tim Johnson are involved in her campaign. However, no major Republican players have endorsed Harold thus far.