JUST IN: Jim Jordan Throws His Hat in the Ring for House Speaker

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As the House of Representatives picks up the pieces from Kevin McCarthy’s ouster as Speaker, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has confirmed he will make an attempt to take his place.

Axios’ Andrew Solender caught up with Jordan on Wednesday, who told him “yes” he will enter the running to be the next House speaker. Jordan also said that he spoke to House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) — another top candidate — about the matter, and now he’s investigating whether he can consolidate enough support to make it happen.

As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jordan was thought to be one of the most likely GOP congressional leaders who could succeed McCarthy. Other likely possibilities include Scalise, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN), and House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (NY).

Jordan was gloomy over McCarthy’s ouster when he spoke to reporters yesterday, but when asked if he’d go for the speakership, he said “That’s a decision for the conference.” He subsequently went on Sean Hannity’s show to talk about the recurring speculations that former President Donald Trump, who is currently running for the White House again, could be the next speaker.

Jordan’s speakership bid is likely to receive the support of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who was highly enthusiastic about the idea after instigating the motion to vacate that doomed McCarthy.

 

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