The Ohio congressman easily lost votes to become House speaker on Tuesday and Wednesday. maybe he has enoughThank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Two strikes, he’s out. Jim Jordan will not attempt a third floor vote to confirm his nomination for Speaker.
After two failed votes on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Ohio congressman has decided not to bring his nomination to the House floor on Thursday. According to multiple reports, he will instead support the interim appointment of Speaker Pro Tem Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) as House Speaker until January.
Jordan insisted Wednesday that he does not support the effort to appoint McHenry, and he reportedly planned to present himself for a third vote as soon as Thursday morning. It’s unclear whether Jordan will try again in 2024 or earlier if McHenry is not appointed.
Despite an intense pressure campaign by Jordan’s allies to persuade Republican holdouts to support him, Jordan lost additional votes on Wednesday in an effort to secure the gavel, with 22 Republicans opposing him compared to 20 on Tuesday. CNN reported that multiple GOP sources believe that number would rise to 30 if they made another attempt.
For more than a month, Republican infighting has stalled Congress and led to a leadership crisis, leaving the speaker’s post vacant for more than two weeks. What began as a dispute between hard-line members of the House GOP and former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) brought the government to the brink of a shutdown in late September. In retaliation for McCarthy’s negotiation of a funding extension to avoid a shutdown, Representative Matt Gaetz and a group of his allies ousted him from the leadership.
Neither candidate has been able to garner the 217 Republican votes needed to confirm the new speaker. Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.) was the first to seek the nomination, but dropped out of the race when it became clear he did not have the support for a successful floor vote. Despite the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, Jordan has also struggled to come to terms with the reality that the Republican majority in the House is so narrow that a nominee must be elected by near-unanimous consent to hold the office.