Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) has allowed a convicted sex offender to assist with her reelection campaign, according to The Washington Examiner.
The publication reported that Bradley Graven, a former contractor for the state treasurer, is now part of the campaign, despite having pleaded guilty in 2005 to soliciting sex with a minor.
This revelation caused questions, considering Miller’s family values platform in his primary bid against Rodney Davis in a newly created district in lower Illinois.
Graven was caught in a sting operation in 2005 when he contacted an officer who was going as a minor in an internet chat room where Graven agreed to meet to “engage in sexual activities,” after which he was arrested
At issue is the campaign role of Bradley Graven, a former contractor for the state treasurer. Graven pleaded guilty in 2005 following a sting operation in which he contacted an officer posing as a minor in an internet chat room. Graven agreed to meet with him “to engage in sexual activities” the following day and was arrested, the Chicago Tribune reported.
According to the Examiner, Graven was seen driving the congresswoman’s family vehicle to campaign events on multiple occasions, and in March he was seen driving Miller to a Jacksonville parade in a state legislative vehicle.
The sex offender campaign suffer was also responsible for collecting more than half of the signatures that were used to get Miller on the ballot, a candidate who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Via the Examiner:
“The congresswoman is facing Davis in the June 28 Republican primary due to the Democratic-controlled redistricting process. Illinois is losing a seat due to population loss in the decade leading up to the most recent census, dropping from 18 to 17 House districts. New district lines effectively forced the pair of Republican House members to fight it out in the primary for the right to represent the district, which includes some rural areas and suburbs of St. Louis.
“Since taking office after her 2020 election, Miller has been vocal on policies relating to minors. She has frequently taken to social media and issued press releases criticizing allowing minors to use puberty blockers, hormone therapies, and sex-change surgeries before reaching adulthood.”
Miller’s campaign did not respond to the Examiner’s multiple requests for comment.