There are growing concerns that some Establishment Republicans, who represent moderate congressional districts, could punish conservatives by giving Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries enough votes to become House Speaker.
“There are House Republicans working toward a consensus Speaker w the Democrats,” said CPAC’s Matt Schlapp. “This is insane. Many Republicans also hiding behind the anonymous ballot. It’s time for transparency and honesty. If the vote is public Jordan gets the votes needed.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, won his party’s nomination to be Speaker, but will not have enough votes to win the overall vote. Jordan won 124 votes to Rep. Austin Scott’s 81.
Republicans then held a second secret ballot vote to gauge support once the nomination goes to the House floor.
Fifty-five House Republicans said they would vote against Jordan on that vote. He can only afford to lose four Republican votes to still win the speakership.
The failure of Republicans to choose a speaker comes a week after the House ousted Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from the position.
And now there are rumblings that enraged GOP moderates are ready to side with Democrats — a move that could cause further divisions within party already embroiled in a civil war.
Jeffries would need 5 Republicans to flip sides.
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