After an unexpectedly-close 63-57 vote yesterday, Democrats in the House of Representatives failed to choose a new Speaker of the House. Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) garnered significant support, gathering nearly 40 Republican votes for the leadership post. Despite the initial setback, Jordan vowed to go on fighting.
In a statement to the press following the vote, Jordan said: “I am grateful to my colleagues for entrusting me as a viable option for this leadership position. Those that chose to support me did so on the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and the defense of liberty.
“My commitment to these founding principles remains unchanged, and I am committed to continuing the fight to ensure that these ideals are embodied in the legislative agenda of the House.”
Jordan also took the opportunity to thank the other candidates in the race, namely Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH), who were considered the top contenders. He expressed appreciation for their dedication to public service, noting that it was a tough decision for House members that could only lead to deeper divisions in Congress.
The next vote on the House Speaker Selection will take place on Wednesday, after which the remaining candidates will be whittled down to two. Thus far, Jordan’s campaign for the position has been met with an appreciative response from his influential conservative constituency. Representative Jim Jordan has said he will remain in the race regardless of the outcome, staying true to his commitment and the principles he holds so dear.