Conservative MP Jim Jordan made a long-term bid for the Speaker of the House Thursday, saying he is a loyal foot soldier of President Trump and the best candidate to implement the President's agenda if Republicans retain their majority in the medium term. 19659002 Jordan (R-Ohio) argued that the GOP-led Congress had settled Trump in a letter to colleagues on Thursday that announced his plans.
"President Trump has taken courageous action for the American people," he wrote. "Congress has not stopped the agreement, but we can change that, and it is time to do what we said."
Specifically, Jordan vowed to repeal the 201
Jordan's announcement made him the first Republican MP to officially declare his desire to retire Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) to replace. His run poses a challenge to Ryan's favorite successor, Major Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Who has not yet announced his candidacy.
"I support Kevin McCarthy – everyone knows that," Ryan said at a press conference Thursday when he was asked about Jordan's plans
Jordan declared his candidacy when he helped sue Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and his loyalty to Trump was underlined. Rosenstein oversees the Ministry of Justice's Russia investigation, which dismissed Trump as a "witch hunt".
The announcement also comes in response to recent questions about whether Jordan, as assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University three decades ago, knew that a team doctor allegedly sexually abused athletes.
Some former wrestlers have said that the team has discussed alleged misconduct by late Richard Strauss in the locker room while Jordan was present; One said he told Jordan directly that Strauss had inappropriately touched him on the dates. Jordan worked from 1987 to 1995 for the athletic department of the school. Jordan denies that he witnessed, heard or knew of Strauss' sexual misconduct that killed himself in 2005. The Ohio Republican interviewed Perkins Coie attorneys last week, a
Jordan's announcement, which took place on the last working day of the house before a five-week break, was quickly praised by conservative legislators who signaled that they did not want McCarthy's Connection claimed without a fight. Also House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) May throw his hat in the ring.
"I appreciate [Jordan’s] the willingness to get involved there and to make sure that this place works that way, it actually produces good results," Rep said. Mark Meadows (RN.C.), chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, who supports Jordan's bid.
Meadows said the spokesman's race will check who can "make the best case" about how they will make this place work well in the long run.
Activists and conservative groups greeted the news with a nod of their own to Trump.
"The president delivers, but Congress remains paralyzed by the status quo," said David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, in a statement. "It's time to shake up Congress and choose a principled Conservative for Speakership."
FreedomWorks president Adam Brandon told Jordan "would succeed where Speaker Ryan failed."
"Far from the corrupt Washington establishment Jim Jordan is a man committed to dewatering the swamp, "Brandon said in a statement.
In order to be elected as a spokesman, Jordan must ensure that Republicans hold the majority in the midterm elections in November Keep in Parliament Democrats need to swap about two dozen seats to take control.
A McCarthy alliance eter, Republican Patrick T. McHenry (RN.C.), suggested Jordan's announcement was premature for this reason.
"We need a majority First, and that's the main priority of Republican leaders in the House of Representatives," said McHenry, the deputy chief whip.
When asked if Jordan's offer made it clear that conservatives wanted an alternative to McCarthy, he said, "There is ambition everywhere."
Rep. Mark Walker (RN.C.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, reiterated his support for McCarthy when asked about the race.
"We need to focus on keeping the majority in the first place," he said. "If the Republicans retain their majority, Jordan would then have to persuade 217 party members to support its election campaign, as each spokesman will be supported by a majority of the entire Parliament must be elected. Republicans hold 236 seats, but virtually all impartial election forecasters expect their majority to shrink after the midterms.
Some Republican lawmakers said they are reluctant to support anyone so closely identified with some of the GOP's messiest internal struggles over the last decade. 19659026] "He represents a faction of the conference, but part of this activity is sometimes counterproductive," said MP Tom Reed (RN.Y.), predicting that Jordan will fight for the necessary votes.  "Under no circumstances will I support Jim Jordan for Speaker," tweeted Representative Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), who noted her support for McCarthy. "Instead, I would ask [Jordan] to support his colleagues in November instead of focusing on their personal leadership aspirations."