Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, proverbially tossed his hat into the ring for the contentious race for Speaker of the House on Wednesday with a letter to his House colleagues asking for their support.
He wrote in part, “We are at a critical crossroad in our nation’s history. Now is the time for our Republican conference to come together to keep our promises to Americans. The problems we face are challenging, but they are not insurmountable. We can focus on the changes that improve the country and unite us in offering real solutions. But no matter what we do, we must do it together as a conference. I respectfully ask for your support for Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) October 4, 2023
Early in his announcement, he explained his reasoning with a biting critique of the Biden administration and Democrats’ policies,
“Far-left progressive policies are destroying our communities, our security, and our future. We have soaring crime across the country. We have an administration with open-border policies that have caused chaos and left our country vulnerable. We’ve seen federal agencies turned on the American people silencing speech online, targeting parents at school board meetings, and flagging pro-life Catholics as potential threats and we’ve witnessed blatant double standards in federal law enforcement. We continue to spend too much money and Americans are suffering under President Biden’s economy.
The Republican majority must continue to address the issues that matter to the American people. We must address rising crime in major cities and reject soft-on-crime, pro-criminal policies. We must get our fiscal house in order and reduce spending so that we can leave more to the next generation than a crushing deficit. We must do our constitutional oversight of the federal bureaucracy to ensure they work for the American people-not the other way around. And we must continue working to secure the border and protect our national security.”
Speaking with reporters Wednesday morning he noted, “The most pressing issue on Americans’ minds is not Ukraine. It is the border situation and it is crime on the streets.”
Rep. Jim Jordan: "The most pressing issue on Americans' minds is not Ukraine. It is the border situation and it is crime on the streets." pic.twitter.com/Gg6OrWjl5b
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) October 4, 2023
Jordan is already showing promising signs of support with prominent pro and anti-McCarthy Republicans announcing their eager support following the controversial ouster of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) posted to X, formerly Twitter, “My first choice if he will run:” sharing a Politico story about Jordan’s potential run.
Gaetz responded to Massie’s post writing, “My mentor Jim Jordan would be great!”
My mentor Jim Jordan would be great! https://t.co/hS3RPgDoN1
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) October 4, 2023
Commenting on the ouster of McCarthy, Jordan told CNN cryptically, “I thought it was unfair to Kevin. Kevin, I think was doing a fine job…. He didn’t deserve this,” and demurred from announcing his candidacy as previously reported by Trending Politics.
THIS JUST IN: “I thought it was unfair to Kevin. Kevin, I think was doing a fine job….he didn’t deserve this” via Rep Jim Jordan pic.twitter.com/cf82TfUdIR
— Wayne DuPree (@WayneDupreeShow) October 4, 2023
According to Fox News, Jordan has also gained the support of prominent McCarthy ally Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) “We face difficult challenges, but the choice is clear: We need Jim Jordan as our next speaker of the House,” Issa said.
Other names proffered have been Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), Republican Study Committee Chair Kevin Hern (R-OK), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), and last but not least, former President Donald Trump.