Jordan Fails To Win Speakership Despite Scalise’s Support

Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked for House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) help in reaching the majority vote needed to secure the speakership. Scalise shot him down just hours before a second vote that once again left the House without formal leadership.

The first vote was held on Tuesday, following a week-long debate over who would be the best fit for the job. Scalise was a popular pick initially, and many members of Congress could be eager to work against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) after his controversial move to oust Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from the role.

Gaetz has recommended Jordan for the speakership in the past, and signaled interest in him taking the role late last year before McCarthy was elected.

In a matter of days, Scalise’s name rose to the top of headlines as the likely next speaker, only to come tumbling down as he pulled himself back out of the race, sparking controversy as to what kind of powerplay is going on in Congress.

During the first vote, 20 Republicans did not vote for Jordan, a Trump-backed candidate.

While seven members voted for Scalise during the roll call, Scalise turned heads as he voted for Jordan alongside many of his peers.

Scalise’s decision not to “commit” to giving Jordan a major assist hit both sides of the aisle in different ways. Some have echoed the sentiment that Scalise “isn’t being a team player,” while others feel voting for Jordan was more than generous.

Still, Scalise’s Communications Director Lauren Fine has shared, “Leader Scalise has been the only candidate throughout the process who has publicly declared he will be supportive of whomever the conference nominated for speaker, and his position has not changed.” She added, “He voted for Jim Jordan on the floor and will continue to do so.”

Several Republican members of Congress were displeased when Jordan took the spotlight, and it appears their feelings on the issue are coming to light with every ballot cast.

A second vote on Wednesday morning once again left Jordan without enough support to become speaker — this time losing 22 votes. His allies continue to hammer home the message that he will win Congress over, but it doesn’t appear that his GOP peers agree, nor the American public.

For now, the House continues on without a speaker.