Over 100 Conservative Leaders Urge Jim Jordan to Run for Speaker

By Rachel Alexander Published on May 22, 2018

A group of 114 conservative leaders sent a letter to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asking him to run for Speaker of the House. Currently, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is widely seen as the favored, establishment candidate to replace outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan. He endorsed McCarthy as his replacement.

Entitled “Clean House,” the letter begins, “The present House Republican leadership has proven that it’s part of ‘the Swamp.’ Consequently, a vote to promote any member of today’s House GOP leadership is a vote for the Swamp. It’s time to Clean House.”

The letter praised Jordan’s conservative record. He has an impressive — and rare — 100 percent lifetime rating from The American Conservative Union. “You have demonstrated over your years on Capitol Hill an unwavering commitment to our constitutional liberties and conservative principles of free market economics, budgetary discipline, traditional values and a strong national defense.”

A member of the Freedom Caucus, Jordan has clashed with House leadership during his tenure in Congress.

A member of the Freedom Caucus, Jordan has clashed with House leadership during his tenure in Congress. He is widely seen as an outsider.

Ryan has announced he will stay on as Speaker through the rest of his term this year. He is not running for reelection to the House. The letter requests that Jordan announce his intention to step into the Speaker’s race “at once.” The election to replace Ryan would take place in January of next year, but there are rumors Ryan is trying to maneuver McCarthy into the spot before that.

Axios obtained an early release of the letter and asked Jordan about it. He responded, “The American people want results, and I’m committed to bringing that change. It’s as simple as this — doing what we told the voters we would do.”

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Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, circulated the letter. Those signing it include Ed Meese, Former Attorney General for President Ronald Reagan, L. Brent Bozell III, Media Research Center, Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com, Hon. Ken Cuccinelli, President, Senate Conservatives Fund and Morton C. Blackwell, Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch, Jenny Beth Martin, Chairman, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, Frank Gaffney, President, Center for Security Policy and Tim Wildmon, President, American Family Association.

The letter may provide the momentum and support Jordan needs to have a realistic shot at Speaker.
Follow Rachel on Twitter at Rach_IC. Rachel signed the letter.


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  • American Citizen

    Run, Jim, Run. Drain the swamp and fill it with a solid conservative base. Throw out the leeches, snakes, and RINOs.

  • bandi9

    i love it.

  • Bob Stambaugh

    I lived in the 4th Congressional District in Ohio for 25 years…Oxley was decent but this gentlemen is terrific!

  • Reason0verhate

    Seems like a decent man.

  • 84Cheetah

    Please run Congressman Jordan. MAGA.

  • rrm

    “This may be the worst bill I have seen in my time in Congress” -@Jim_Jordan reacts to the $1.3T spending bill. (Omnibus) We need this guy.

  • Jack Fanning

    Conservative, articulate, driven, not afraid to take on swamp creatures. Please run.

  • wiselatina

    I hope that Jordan gets it, but you have to get in the game before you can win.

    Go for it.

  • Sunflower

    He’s an 80% at The New American’s Freedom Index.

  • Kevind0824

    He’s my Congressman and he is the real deal. Trump could use a committed conservative like Jordan.

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