Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan loses Republican leadership bid to California’s Kevin McCarthy

November 14, 2018

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan loses Republican leadership bid to California’s Kevin McCarthy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday selected California’s Kevin McCarthy to be their leader next year, rejecting a bid from outspoken conservative Jim Jordan of Ohio by a more than three to one margin.

McCarthy, who was House Speaker Paul Ryan’s top deputy as House Majority Leader, had Ryan’s endorsement, as well as backing from the many Republicans whose re-election he’d supported over the years. Jordan had support from conservative organizations like FreedomWorks as well as allies in the House Freedom Caucus he co-founded. 

Jordan argued that McCarthy and other Republican leaders let the party slip into the minority in last week’s election by failing to make good on campaign promises and implement reforms. He also said new leadership is needed to “aggressively push back” on investigations of the Trump administration that Democrats will launch when they take House of Representatives control next year.

“We’re about to enter a world with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker; Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff, and Elijah Cummings running the key committees,” said a fundraising email from Jordan. “If conservatives are not willing to stand up and fight for what the American people sent us here to fight for, we’re going to be in trouble.”

Jordan did not speak to reporters on his way into the balloting, and other Ohio members of Congress declined to say who they planned to support.

“It’s a secret ballot,” said Marietta GOP Rep. Bill Johnson.

While House Republicans settled their battle for party control on Wednesday, Democrats were still feuding over whether their current leader, California’s Nancy Pelosi, should become House Speaker when Democrats take charge in January.

Democrat Tim Ryan of the Niles area, who challenged Pelosi’s bid for Democratic Leader two years ago, said he won’t back her this time and is seeking an alternative candidate. Warrensville Heights Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge has said she’d like South Carolina’s Jim Clyburn - who is currently a candidate for whip - to be Speaker.

Columbus Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty and Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur back Pelosi.

“No possible candidate can match Nancy Pelosi’s indefatigable, consistent determination to restore a Democratic majority against tremendous odds,” said a statement from Kaptur that Pelosi’s office relayed to reporters on Wednesday. “At this critical juncture of restoring a balance of power in the Legislative branch of the federal government, our Caucus’ primary consideration should be supporting a proven Leader whose batting average cannot be matched.”

#DoWhatWeSaid https://t.co/F8WdBYOT8C— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 14, 2018


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