Jim Jordan as speaker? Gaetz urges fellow GOP to challenge McCarthy

Rep. Matt Gaetz on Saturday called on Rep. Jim Jordan to challenge House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in the House speech race as Conservatives continue to withhold their support for the GOP leader.

Gaetz of Florida is one of the House Republicans who has expressed his intention to vote against McCarthy of California. A group of right-wing members of the GOP conference are pushing for more conservative leadership. But because Republicans only have a slim majority in the House of Representatives, McCarthy can only afford a handful of defectors.

McCarthy is currently facing a challenge from Arizona Representative Andy Biggs, but the majority of the conference rallied behind the California Republican. Biggs’ challenge is seen as a long shot, but he could get enough votes to derail McCarthy’s bid.

Gaetz proposes Jordan as a McCarthy alternative
A split image of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Matt Gaetz. Gatez, a Florida Republican, has rejected McCarthy’s bid to be Speaker of the House, proposing Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan as an alternative.
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In a Twitter post Saturday, Gaetz pitched Jordan, the Ohio congressman who currently serves as vice chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, as a possible alternative.

“All I want for Christmas is for @Jim_Jordan to realize he should be Speaker of the House!” Gaetz tweeted.

However, Jordan has not signaled any plans to challenge McCarthy and has previously expressed his support for him.

In early December while performing at Steve Bannon’s war room Podcast, Gaetz said he will not support McCarthy because he has not blocked Democrats from passing budget legislation, has pushed for immigration laws with amnesty, and has not done more to hold government officials accountable for speaking out against former President Donald Trump would have asked.

“There are things Kevin McCarthy has done to undermine the members’ confidence that he has to vote for him if he wants to be a speaker,” the GOP MP said.

McCarthy’s opponents have also listed other demands for their support, including a return to single-issue legislation, 72 hours for a final text of the law, non-interference by leadership in the primary, nomination of conservative Republicans to the House Rules Committee and a commitment not to do so, among other things Raising the debt ceiling.

What Jordan said about the House Speaker Race

Though Gaetz urged Jordan to challenge McCarthy, the Ohio Republican gave the GOP leader a plaudit after the midterm elections. During an interview with Fox News in November, he praised McCarthy for “keeping our team together.”

“What I’ve been saying all along is that even if it’s an overtime game, the guy who takes you to the Super Bowl gets to coach the game,” Jordan said, expressing doubts that anyone would challenge McCarthy.

Gaetz previously introduced Jordan as a potential spokesperson

Jordan has long been named by conservatives as a potential speaker of the House of Representatives.

Gaetz touted Jordan as “the hardest-working and most talented member of the Republican House Conference” after a recording of the minority leader said he called on Trump to step down after the Jan. 6, 2021 uprising was reported.

“The conference never believed that Donald Trump should resign, so having a leader so far out of the conference is itself a problem,” Gaetz said of McCarthy during a Newsmax appearance in April.

news week reached out to the McCarthy and Jordan offices for comment.

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Rick Schindler

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