Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio announces he’s running for House GOP Leader

November 7, 2018

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio announces he’s running for House GOP Leader

WASHINGTON, D. C. - As Republicans licked their wounds after losing control of the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, Ohio’s Jim Jordan kicked off Wednesday morning by announcing a run for House Republican Leader.

Jordan, a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus who has repeatedly criticized current GOP leaders for failing to make good on their campaign promises, says he will  challenge current House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California for the job.

 “In 2016, the American people elected Republicans to come here and change this town,” the Champaign County Republican said in a Hill.TV interview. “I think the president is doing just that, but I don’t think they see the same intensity from folks in Congress, folks in the House of Representatives.”

Although Jordan is likely to win support from many in the House Freedom Caucus, which he co-founded, other Republicans in the House of Representatives view his faction as obstructionists who block compromises that could become law. Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan has endorsed McCarthy to be his successor.

A McCarthy spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Jordan’s announcement.

Jordan has backing of conservative groups including FreedomWorks, which released a statement that blamed “establishment Republican leadership” for losing House of Representatives control.

“Rep. Jordan has the record to show he will fight for conservative principles, and for this FreedomWorks is proud to endorse him for House Minority Leader,” said a statement from the group’s vice president, Noah Wall.

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