House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, announced his intention to run for the position of House Speaker.
This announcement comes in the wake of former speaker Kevin McCarthy’s unexpected removal from the role by a faction within his own party. The news sent ripples through the political landscape, marking the beginning of what promises to be a fiercely contested race.
Jim Jordan, a prominent figure in the Republican Party and currently leading one of the three House Committees spearheading the impeachment inquiry of Joe Biden, made his intentions known on Wednesday morning.
🚨 BREAKING: Rep. Jim Jordan confirms he is running for Speaker of the House.
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His decision to step up and fill the leadership vacuum left by McCarthy’s departure is seen as a bold move, reflecting his commitment to his party and the nation.
The House Republicans have scheduled a candidate forum for the following Tuesday, with an election set to take place the day after. This swift action indicates the party’s determination to maintain stability and continuity in its leadership during these turbulent times.
Jordan’s bid for the speakership has already garnered support from within his party. Representative Matt Gaetz, who considers Jordan his mentor, expressed his endorsement in a post on Tuesday night. This early show of support suggests that Jordan’s candidacy will be well-received by his peers.
However, Jordan is not the only one eyeing the coveted position. According to Politico, Representative Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, is also expected to announce his bid for the House Speaker role later on Wednesday.
This development adds another layer of intrigue to the unfolding political drama.
🚨🚨🚨Hannity says Donald Trump has been contacted about possibly being an “interim Speaker of the House,” Jim Jordan reacts LIVE:
"He'd be great… I want him at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but if he wants to be Speaker, that's fine too."
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The sudden ousting of Kevin McCarthy by eight Republicans – Biggs, Buck, Burchett, Crane, Gaetz, Good, Mace, and Rosendale – left the House of Representatives in a state of flux. Jordan’s decision to throw his hat into the ring at this critical juncture is seen as a strategic move.
During an appearance on Fox News with host Sean Hannity, Jordan hinted at his potential bid for the speakership, stating he would be discussing it with the conference over the next week.
In a letter to his colleagues, Jordan formally announced his bid, saying, “I respectfully ask for your support for Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
As the race for the House Speaker position heats up, all eyes are on the Republican Party. The coming days will undoubtedly bring more developments as the candidates make their case and the party prepares to choose its new leader.