The “poster child” for former president Donald Trump’s impeachment revenge tour, Max Miller, has a checkered past that includes allegations of anger issues, attacking women, drunken driving, and other misdeeds.
“Ranging from people who grew up with Miller in the affluent Cleveland inner suburb of Shaker Heights to those he worked with and for in the White House and on Trump’s campaigns—some of whom were granted anonymity because they fear retaliation from Miller, Trump, or both—these people told me Miller can be a cocky bully with a quick-trigger temper,” Politico reported Wednesday. “He has a record of speeding, underage drinking, and disorderly conduct—documented charges from multiple jurisdictions that include a previously unreported charge in 2011 for driving under the influence that he subsequently pleaded down to a more minor offense.”
Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham ended her 18-month relationship with Miller last year when she accused him of cheating and abusive behavior according to people familiar with the incident. His lawyer denied most of the allegations in a nine-page letter to Politico.
Miller has been accused of assaulting women before, including in the case of Grisham. According to a former classmate’s while in high school, Miller pushed a girl out of his room and she fell down some stairs after he became enraged when she resisted his attempts to touch her. His classmates called the incident “not unexpected” given his previous behavior.
When Miller punched a glass door during an argument outside a hookah bar, an officer applied a tourniquet to his arm. In 2011 he crashed his car into a light pole at Miami University at 8:55 in the morning. In response to the officer’s questioning, Miller said he had “two to three beers and several shots” the night before and had “woken up in urine-soaked pants.”
Because Miller comes from one of the wealthiest and most well-connected families in the city, sources say he has avoided consequences in the past.
“A unique bro relationship” is said to exist between Miller and former President Donald Trump. Miller was a loyal aide to Trump during his first year in office. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican who voted to impeach Trump, is his opponent. It has been reported that Trump’s unabashed support for Miller’s candidacy for the GOP nomination in 2022 is indicative of his “shoot first and ask questions later” approach to endorsements, which puts revenge ahead of due diligence.
“What is especially striking to many in these different sets of people from these different chapters of Miller’s life is not simply that he apparently hasn’t elementally changed,” Politico’s Michael Kruse notes. “It’s that he is running for Congress—with the endorsement of Trump—with the past that he has. They marvel at the seeming expectation that either nobody was going to talk about any of this—or that it wouldn’t matter if they did.”
Kruse says Miller has a good chance of winning if the race is about Trump and Gonzalez’s vote to impeach the former president.
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“But if it becomes just as much about Miller, about his readiness, about his record … ‘then it gets dicey for him,’ said one Washington-based strategist. ‘Then it gets real dicey for him.'”