Republicans Vote Out Jim Jordan as Speaker Nominee
Chaos Continues as House Goes 17 Days Without Speaker
House Republicans voted out Jim Jordan as their House speaker nominee on Friday after he failed to capture enough support to become GOP leader.
The House has gone 17 days without a speaker and is paralyzed and unable to do business with less than a month until the government shuts down again.
Republicans Begin Scramble to Find New Speaker Candidate
Immediately after the vote, Republicans were at the starting line eager to jump into the running for the House’s top job.
Whip Tom Emmer, the House’s number three Republican, is making calls to other members to tell them he will be running for the job, a source familiar with the matter said.
McCarthy endorsed Emmer for the job, saying “He is the right person for the job.
He can unite the conference.
He understands the dynamics of the conference.”
Reps. Kevin Hern, chair of the Republican Study Committee, Georgia Republican Austin Scott and Michigan Republican Jack Bergman have said they are running for the job – as has GOP conference vice chair Mike Johnson and Texas Rep.
Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, chair of the Budget Committee is also considering a run, as is Homeland Security Chair Mark Green and Texas GOP Rep. Roger Williams.
Disarray Among House Republicans Shows No End in Sight
The Ohio Republican continued to bleed votes as 25 Republicans – three more than last time – voted against him earlier on Friday. He lost 20 votes on his first ballot for speaker and 22 on his second.
It shows the disarray among House Republicans has no end in sight two weeks after McCarthy became the first speaker in history to be ousted.