Jordan out as speaker nominee, Republicans starting from scratch
Jim Jordan is out as the GOP nominee for Speaker of the House and Republicans will start the process from scratch. In a secret ballot Friday afternoon, Republicans voted 112 to 86 that they did not want Jordan to remain as the speaker designee, so he removed himself from the running.
Now Republicans have until noon on Sunday to declare their candidacy. Multiple members already said they are entering the race, including Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Okla.
“People and their interests are the same. They want to be heard, they want to be valued, and certainly we’ll work hard to do that,” Hern told reporters.
Other declared candidates include Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich., and Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., who told reporters the Republican conference needs to heal deep wounds.
“They’re gonna have to be healed or the Democrats are going to end up controlling the House. And we can’t allow the Democrats to have the House, the Senate and the presidency. And that is their ultimate goal,” Scott said.
Other names being considered or floated include Budget Committee Chairman Jody Arrington, R-Texas and Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.
A candidate forum is scheduled for Monday night and a vote to choose the candidate is scheduled for Tuesday morning. By that time, the House will have gone three full weeks without a Speaker.
“What history will look at. The crazy eights led by Gaetz, the amount of damage they have done to this party and done to this country is insurmountable,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said.
“I’ve never seen this amount of damage done to just a few people for their own personalities, for their own fear of what’s going through,” McCarthy said of bills conservatives have opposed.
President Biden sent a $106 billion emergency funding request to congress. It would provide support for Ukraine, Israel, the Indo-Pacific region and border security. But it can’t be approved until the House elects a speaker. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan