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Rep. Jim Jordan’s former election opponent launches new PAC to oppose him

March 5, 2019

Rep. Jim Jordan’s former election opponent launches new PAC to oppose him

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Retired Oberlin teacher Janet Garrett - who tried three times to unseat Rep. Jim Jordan from the congressional seat he’s held for more than a decade - has launched a new political action committee dedicated to unseating the Champaign County Republican.

Garrett released a statement that said she’s not planning to run against Jordan again, but founded “The Jordan Watch” PAC to “transform our remarkable grassroots fundraising into an organization that can help recruit Jim Jordan’s next opponent, and also work to expose Jim’s radical ideology to the people he is supposed to represent.”

She said his performance last week questioning Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform was “very disturbing” and made him “the laughing stock of the nation.” While Jordan’s combativeness at the hearing was roasted on Saturday Night Live, conservatives at events like the Conservative Political Action Conference applauded his questioning, saying Jordan was “speaking for all of us.”

“We’re in this for the long haul,” said a statement from Garrett’s former campaign manager, Zach Stepp, who is the PAC’s executive director. “Jim Jordan may be able to win in OH-4 as it’s currently drawn, but we know that this district won’t exist forever,” he added, referring to efforts to make Ohio’s congressional redistricting process more fair.

Representatives for Jordan did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the newly formed PAC. The Jordan Watch hasn’t filed any paperwork at the Federal Election Commission, and records indicate its website domain was registered shortly after Garrett obtained less than 35 percent of the vote in November’s election.

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