In a surprising twist, several key Republican holdouts have now voiced their support for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in his bid for the speakership, significantly bolstering his chances of securing the position. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), both of whom had previously expressed opposition to Jordan, have now thrown their support behind him.
Rogers, who had initially stated that there was nothing Jordan could do to win his vote, explained his change of heart in a thread on a platform, noting productive conversations with Jordan about crucial legislation. He emphasized the importance of a strong NDAA, funding for essential government functions, and the Farm Bill. Calvert echoed similar sentiments, underscoring the significance of national security and appropriations goals.
🚨 BREAKING: Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), who was one of the 6 Republicans planning to vote “NO” for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as Speaker, has just changed her mind and said she will be voting “YES” for Jim Jordan.
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Joining them in endorsing Jordan are Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), who had initial reservations but were ultimately swayed by discussions with Jordan. McClintock voiced concern over the breakdown of party discipline within the Republican Party and encouraged fellow Republicans to rally behind Jordan as the majority's choice.
While these endorsements are significant wins for Jordan, he still faces challenges and opposition from within his own party. Jordan is the second nominee for the speakership following the removal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), with House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) initially nominated but later withdrawing his candidacy due to insufficient support. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.), who briefly entered the race, and some of his supporters have now endorsed Jordan, aligning with the majority's preference.
Nevertheless, there remain Republican holdouts, such as Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), who is undecided, and Rep. John Rutherford (R-Fla.), who reiterated his refusal to support Jordan, citing conference rules. Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.) has called for empowering Speaker pro tempore Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) with emergency powers while the party deliberates on selecting a speaker. Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) also maintains his opposition to Jordan.
Despite the remaining challenges, Rep. McCarthy expressed confidence that Jordan will ultimately secure the speakership. Jordan's ability to sway these remaining holdouts is critical, as he can only afford to lose five votes to secure the gavel. The race for the speakership continues to unfold, with Republicans divided and the final outcome uncertain. Stay tuned for further updates on this captivating political saga.