When House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he was not running for re-election this year, House Republicans began to scramble for who would replace Ryan as the next GOP leader of the House of Representatives.
The two leading candidates seemed to be House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). McCarthy has appeared to be the favorite and Scalise was the one who was critically wounded last year at the baseball practice.
However, both men may find a strong challenge if younger Republicans get their way. Over 100 of them joined in sending a letter to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to run for the Speaker’s position.
(The Stream) – 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.” …
My first choice would have been Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) but unfortunately, he is one of the many who are not running for re-election this year. If Republicans don’t get their act together, they may not need to select the next Speaker of the House if Democrats win control in this year’s midterm elections.