Jim Jordan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a Republican from Ohio, declared on Friday that he would keep running for Speaker of the House.
With House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) dropping out of the Speaker race, Jordan is now the only declared candidate for leader of the House.
Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA) stated, “It is an honor to continue to support @Jim_Jordan for Speaker. Principled, Fighter, Conservative, Leader.”
Even though he has some reservations about Jordan's ability to garner enough support to become Speaker, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) said he would support Jordan's bid for the position.
Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), said about Jordan, “We should give him an opportunity. Let’s give him a chance and see if he can get 217.”
Even though conservatives strongly support Jordan, a source told Punchbowl News that some moderate Republicans have their doubts about Jordan.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the former RSC chairman, declared he would continue to support Jordan's bid for speaker after House Republicans failed to unite around Scalise.
“I voted for Jim Jordan in the conference election yesterday and I remain committed to doing everything I can to help elect him the next Speaker of the House,” the Hoosier conservative said in a written statement Thursday night. “He is a conservative fighter and a leader who can unite our party. Republicans have a lot of work to do and if Jim Jordan is in the Speaker’s chair we will get it done.”
In his remarks on the House Speaker candidates on Wednesday, Pete Aguilar (D-CA), the leader of the House Democrats, said that while Scalise is someone with whom Democrats can communicate, Jim Jordan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, “is dangerous for our democracy.”
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