The 20 Republicans who opposed Jim Jordan as speaker of the House of Representatives | ET REALITY


Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio lost his bid to become speaker on Tuesday after 20 Republicans refused to endorse him, prolonging a two-week fight that paralyzed the chamber and underscored deep Republican divisions in the House.

The group included vulnerable Republicans from districts that President Biden won in 2020 and congressional institutionalists worried that Jordan, if elected, would demand extreme spending cuts, including military spending, which could force a government shutdown.

Others were deeply loyal to former President Kevin McCarthy, who was ousted by a group of right-wing rebels mostly allied with Jordan, or were simply angry at the poor treatment of Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, whom Republicans nominated as the McCarthy candidate. he successor, but he retired after he failed to consolidate enough support to win the position on the court.

Here’s a look at the lawmakers who opposed Mr. Jordan on the first vote.

There are 18 Republicans in the House who represent districts that Biden won in the last presidential election. Six of them voted for candidates other than Mr. Jordan:

  • Nick LaLota from New York

  • Mike Lawler from New York

A group of seven Republicans who sit on the Appropriations Committee, which controls federal spending, expressed concern about Jordan’s anti-spending past. Some of them feared it would require across-the-board funding cuts, including to the military.

  • Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida

  • Jake Ellzey from Texas

  • Tony Gonzalez of Texas

  • Kay Granger of Texas, chair of the appropriations panel.

  • John Rutherford of Florida

  • Mike Simpson of Idaho

  • Steve Womack of Arkansas

    Womack said he voted against Jordan on principle because Scalise was “brought to his knees before he could win over his opponents.”

  • Doug LaMalfa from California

    Northern California said it would vote for Jordan on the second ballot.

  • John James of Michigan

  • Andrew Garbarino from New York

  • Carlos Gimenez from Florida

  • Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania

  • Colorado’s Ken Buck: Buck said there were several reasons he didn’t support Jordan, but his biggest obstacle was the fact that Jordan played a leading role in the attempt to overturn President Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. election in the plenary session of the House. “I don’t want someone who was involved in the activities of January 6,” he told CNN after the vote.

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