McCarthy Expressed Support for Jim Jordan Ahead of Speaker Vote

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( – Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) stated on Friday, October 13 that he supported the nomination of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) for Speaker. In an interview on “Cats and Cosby,” the former Speaker told host John Catsimatidis that he fully supported Jordan becoming the next House Speaker. He added that Jordan was a “great ally” who he had entered Congress with.

In reference to the secret ballot on Friday, McCarthy stated that this is what the public could think of as a primary inside the Republican conference. The secret ballot came only a day after Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced that he would be dropping out of the race as he was not able to secure the support of Republicans in order to win the House Speakership. Scalise had initially received the nomination of the conference.

However, despite McCarthy’s endorsement, Jordan doesn’t have the support of everyone. A number of lawmakers, such as Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), have stated they would not support him under any circumstance. On Tuesday, October 17, the House cast its first votes on Jordan’s nomination. He wasn’t able to secure the votes needed to secure the position during the first vote.

According to ABC News, lawmakers had different reactions to the loss. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) told the outlet that he doesn’t have much confidence in the 2024 election if the Republican Party chooses leaders who are trapped in the past and continue to support former President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) and Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA) expressed frustration about the inability of the party to work as a team and nominate a Speaker.

Another vote will be held for Jordan on October 18.

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