The closing summer listening of the Jan. 6 committee will be led by Reps. Elaine Luria and Adam Kinzinger, who represent different political parties but who vehemently concur on one point: their political careers should be sacrificed for the inquiry into the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Elaine Luria’s Investigation Puts Careers On The Line
Elaine Luria, a Democrat who was first elected in 2018, is up for reelection in a competitive, increasingly Republican-leaning Virginia district. Because of his criticism of former President Donald Trump, Kinzinger, a Republican who is reviled by some in his party, opted not to run for reelection in his Illinois district.
The two have cited their service vows as a justification for requesting the investigation because they are both military veterans. Luria is a graduate of the Naval Academy who served for 20 years, including as a surface warfare officer with nuclear training who oversaw 400 crewmen in the Persian Gulf. Kinzinger, a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard, has flown combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the vice head of the committee, is the most visible and in danger member.
Elaine Luria has been harsh in her criticism of Trump. As the No. 3 House Republican, she was ousted by her own party, and she now faces a possibly difficult primary fight for reelection in her solidly Republican home state. The clearest answer to more general concerns about whether the hearings into the mob attack on January 6, 2021, would weaken Trump’s ongoing control of the national Republican Party may come from Cheney’s immediate political fortune, as well as those of Kinzinger and Luria.
They might also reveal if front-line Democrats will benefit from efforts to publicly disclose the former president’s role in helping to incite the mob violence during the November midterm elections, which could otherwise be devastating for their party.