Jordan presses ahead with presidential vote, despite stubborn opposition | ET REALITY


Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio made clear Friday morning that he was not going to give up on his faltering campaign for House speaker, just before a 10 a.m. vote in which he was expected to fail by third time.

In a brief press conference, Jordan emphasized the need for the House to elect a new leader so that the chamber can resume its activities, including providing assistance to Israel in its response to Hamas attacks.

“We need to get to work for the American people,” he said, adding, “We need to get a speaker as soon as possible.”

The House has been in a state of chaos for 18 days after far-right rebels ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy. The Republican conference’s initial candidate to succeed him, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, failed to muster enough support to move forward. Jordan then received his party’s nomination to be speaker, but failed to win the position in House floor votes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Jordan, a favorite of former President Donald J. Trump, has seen his bid for president blocked by a group of traditional Republicans who harbor a litany of grievances against him. And a pressure campaign that Jordan’s allies have waged against them has produced an intense backlash.

Jordan met Thursday with some of the 22 who oppose him. But they remained entrenched and encouraged him to abandon the fight.

Jordan’s allies have urged him to force a vote on his nomination over the weekend, even as opposition against him was expected to grow.

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