Things are just not going well, at all, for Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, as he lost his third vote for the position of House Speaker bringing in the least amount of support yet. Honestly, what is going on in the House? Are we really going to be super petty and allow small disagreements on things that, in the long run, matter very little in our mission to preserve the Constitution, to rip the party apart at the time when unity is needed the most? Are folks in Congress legitimately dropping support of Jordan because they have issues with Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz?
At this point, it feels like the Republican Party is determined to fail this country. There are plenty of excellent men and women serving in critical positions that can help restore the Republic, but they upset the status quo of the Establishment who don’t really care about the country, only preserving their own careers and earning easy money, and thus, they are opposed every step of the way.
“A total of 194 lawmakers voted for Jordan, short of the 214 votes needed to win the majority. Jordan received 200 votes and then 199 votes in the first two ballots this week, but a handful of lawmakers missed the third vote, lowering the threshold for victory. Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), who is the nominee for the Democrats, got 210 votes on Friday after getting 212 votes in the first two ballots,” the Daily Wire reported.
During a press conference held on Friday morning, the Ohio Republican indicated he would remain in the race for the foreseeable future. “Our plan this weekend is to get a speaker elected to the House of Representatives as soon as possible so we can help the American people,” he stated.
“A third ballot took place after a bid to temporarily empower Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R-NC) failed to gain traction and then a meeting between Jordan and some GOP holdouts ended with members saying they would not budge,” the report continued.
“The GOP-led House voted 17 days ago to remove Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as speaker, with eight Republicans joining Democrats in opposing him. In the days that followed, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) beat out Jordan to become the GOP’s next nominee for speaker. But Scalise dropped out when he could not muster enough support to be elected speaker within the Republican conference. Jordan won the GOP nomination for speaker after Scalise bowed out,” the Daily Wire noted.
It’s really surprising to see Jordan receiving so little support, especially seeing as he was endorsed by former President Donald Trump who is still considered by many to be the defacto leader of the Republican Party. I mean, even McCarthy voted for him to be his replacement. What is the hold up here? The American people want to see work getting done by their elected officials.
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Then again, if you look back at when McCarthy ran for the position at the beginning of the year, it took him fifteen ballots before he achieved the total needed to win the seat, so maybe it’s not yet time to panic. Then again, at that time, there wasn’t a massive conflict going down between Israel and Hamas that needed to be addressed either.
So who is still not on board with Jordan?
The holdouts in the third ballot included: House Appropriations Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Ken Buck (R-CO), Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR), Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Jake Ellzey (R-TX), Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Fitzpatrick, Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), Carlos Gimenez (R-FL), Tony Gonzales (R-TX), John James (R-MI), Kean, Mike Kelly (R-PA), Jenn Kiggans (R-VA), Nick LaLota (R-NY), Mike Lawler (R-NY), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Molinaro, John Rutherford (R-FL), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Pete Stauber (R-MN), and Steve Womack (R-AR).