- Republicans will now examine other candidates for speaker as chaos continues
House Republicans voted out Jim Jordan as their House speaker nominee after he tried – and failed – three times to capture enough support to become GOP leader.
He was ousted in a closed-door vote 86-112 Friday afternoon. The House recessed following the vote and will not be back until 6 p.m. ET on Monday for a new candidate forum.
Jordan supporters decried that the vote had happened on a blind ballot – meaning Jordan and his allies do not get to see who voted him down.
The House has gone 17 days without a speaker and is paralyzed and unable to do business with less than a month until the government shuts down again.
‘I told the conference it was an honor to be their speaker designee. But I felt it was important that we all — we all know an answer to the question, do they want me to continue in that in that role. And so we put the question to them they made a decision,’ Jordan said after the meeting where the vote was held.
‘I’m also going to go back to work. We got we got several depositions lined up next week in the Judiciary Committee,’ he went on. ‘But it’s important we do unite. Let’s — let’s figure out who that individual is, get behind him and get to work for the American people.’
The Ohio Republican continued to bleed votes as 25 Republicans – three more than last time – voted against him on Friday
Jim Jordan was ousted in a closed-door vote 86-112 Friday afternoon
The Ohio Republican continued to bleed votes as 25 Republicans – three more than last time – voted against him earlier on Friday. He lost 20 votes on his first ballot for speaker and 22 on his second.
It shows the disarray among House Republicans has no end in sight two weeks after McCarthy became the first speaker in history to be ousted.
Immediately after the vote Republicans were at the starting line eager to jump into the running for the House’s top job.
Whip Tom Emmer, the House’s number three Republican, is making calls to other members to tell them he will be running for the job, a source familiar told DailyMail.com.
McCarthy endorsed Emmer for the job. ‘He is the right person for the job. He can unite the conference. He understands the dynamics of the conference.’
Reps. Kevin Hern, chair of the Republican Study Committee, Georgia Republican Austin Scott and Michigan Republican Jack Bergman have said they are running for the job – as has GOP conference vice chair
Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, chair of the Budget Committee is also considering a run, as is Homeland Security Chair Mark Green and Texas GOP Rep. Roger Williams.