In a surprising turn of events, the case for Speaker Jim Jordan (R-OH) is gaining momentum among Republicans of all stripes. Even the more moderate members of the party are starting to warm up to President Donald Trump’s endorsed choice to lead the House. This comes after Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) withdrew from consideration due to lack of support, paving the way for Jordan’s rise.
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Jordan’s reputation as the chair of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus has drawn both praise and concern from his fellow Republicans. However, sources indicate that even the small group of holdouts is starting to see the value in Jordan’s leadership. One such supporter is Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), an ally of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who believes that Jordan is the best chance to counter President Joe Biden’s agenda.
While Jordan’s bid for moderate support may be an uphill battle, there are signs that even the most staunch opponents are willing to reconsider. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), who previously vowed never to support Jordan, is now open to the idea. The ultra-conservative faction that orchestrated McCarthy’s removal from power has thrown their weight behind Jordan’s candidacy, with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) switching his allegiance and criticizing former Speaker Paul Ryan for the increase in national deficit and debt during his tenure.
The show of support for Jordan extends beyond the House, with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) also stepping into the fray. Cruz, who considers Jordan a “good friend and strong conservative,” is weighing in on the House’s dispute for the first time. It seems that Jordan’s conservative credentials and growing support from high-profile Republicans are making him a formidable contender for the role of Speaker.