WASHINGTON — Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan stated on Friday that he’s re-entering the race for Home speaker, only a day after the GOP’s nominee, Majority Chief Steve Scalise, dropped his bid for the highest job after failing to lock up sufficient assist.
Jordan, a Donald Trump loyalist who burnished a fame on the Hill as a conservative bomb-thrower, may nonetheless meet the identical destiny as Scalise. Due to the celebration’s razor-thin majority, simply 5 GOP detractors can block Jordan in a Home ground vote, and a handful of reasonable Republicans have already stated they will not solid their vote for Jordan.
They embrace Reps. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Don Bacon, R-Neb.
Many Republicans are actually seeking to Jordan as a result of he was the one challenger to Scalise, shedding simply two days in the past in a slim, inner 113-99 vote. Supporters level to his conservative credentials — he chaired each the Republican Examine Committee and far-right Home Freedom Caucus — and likewise the truth that he has aligned with the GOP management group extra in recent times.
Following Scalise’s choice to drop out, Home Republicans regrouped and huddled behind closed doorways on Friday, dealing with deep intraparty divisions and no obvious path to 217 votes, the magic quantity wanted on the Home ground to elect a brand new speaker.
The chain of occasions started with former Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s ouster final week and led to Scalise’s exit Thursday and has now intensified the unhealthy blood throughout the celebration, which may make Republicans’ job even tougher. Some GOP lawmakers, together with Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., have pledged to solely vote for McCarthy on the Home ground.
“We had a course of and we had a nominee and folks stabbed him within the again,” stated Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Texas. “In order that’s not one thing to be pleased with.”