Home Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, presently leads Majority Chief Steve Scalise, R-Los Angeles, in public endorsements in a nonetheless shut race for the subsequent Home speaker.
Jordan and Scalise are the one formally declared candidates within the race. Republicans within the Home of Representatives will meet behind closed doorways on Monday night earlier than holding a discussion board for Home management candidates on Tuesday and intra-party elections on Wednesday morning.
Solely a few third of Republican lawmakers within the Home have provided public endorsements up to now. Jordan has the help of at the very least 47 Republicans whereas Scalise has the help of at the very least 23. The overwhelming majority remained silent.
‘Undiluted present’: Home Republicans livid over vacant speaker place amid Israel disaster
It is certainly not a finished deal — Jordan nonetheless faces an uphill battle for the help of moderates, a few of whom are alienated by his affiliation with the hard-right Home Freedom Caucus and his “bomb-thrower” fame.
Nevertheless, his help will not be restricted to the appropriate flank. Downside Solvers Caucus member Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, RN.Y., has endorsed Jordan as speaker, as has average Rep. Kelly Armstrong, RN.D.
However one Home GOP supply indicated there are members who additionally don’t wish to converse out towards Jordan’s nomination for worry of retaliation within the 2024 major from the Home Freedom Fund related to the Freedom Caucus.
The eviction motion has grow to be a lightning rod within the Storm Home speaker race
Scalise, former Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s longtime second-in-command, has the help of his colleague in Home GOP management, Tom Emmer, Republican of Minnesota. He additionally has the help of each Republicans and conservatives, however it’s not but clear whether or not he can win over Republican lawmakers who’re fed up with the established order. McCarthy was fired from his place final week.
Sources near Scalise instructed Fox Information Digital they be ok with the place they’re within the race.
‘Shocked’ Kevin McCarthy will not run for Speaker of the Home once more after removing
Scalise can also be a extra prolific fundraiser than Jordan — his re-election marketing campaign ranked second behind McCarthy within the 2022 cycle with greater than $18 million in donations.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
His 2022 reelection marketing campaign additionally gave greater than $14 million to the Home GOP’s marketing campaign arm, the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
However the judiciary chief will not be far behind — his marketing campaign was the fourth-most efficient fundraiser of the 2022 cycle, bringing in simply over $14 million. Throughout that point, he additionally gave almost $2 million to the NRCC and Republican allies.