Potential challengers are waiting in the wings for Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to withdraw from the race for House speaker after failing to secure a majority of support in consecutive House-wide votes. Bedroom.
Rep. Jack Bergman, Republican of Michigan, a retired Marine Corps general, is “ready” to jump into the race if Jordan falters, his spokesperson told Fox News Digital. Bergman had supported Jordan throughout his presidential bid.
“After the second round of voting, the general was approached by colleagues and had conversations about a possible candidacy for the presidency. It is becoming clear that the path of the Jordanian representative is narrowing by the hour,” said the spokesperson.
“We cannot go another day without a President. He simply does not have the votes – we need to have a frank discussion as a conference about the way forward. If as a conference we find that he does not cannot obtain the votes necessary to become Mr. President, General Bergman is ready to intervene.”
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Bergman is seeking to present himself as a stable force to lead the House until the new term begins in 2025.
“The general is not looking to move up the ranks, only to maintain them in a time of chaos – and would only seek to be president for the remainder of the 118th Congress,” his spokesperson said. “Representative Bergman served our nation for 40 years in the United States Marine Corps – retiring as a lieutenant general. He knows how to put others first to accomplish the task at hand.”
Meanwhile, a source close to the discussions told Fox News Digital that Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington’s name “continues to come up as an alternative in conversations with disgruntled Jordan holdouts.”
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Arrington, R-Texas, would be an attractive candidate for establishment Republicans because of his experience working under former President George W. Bush’s administration, the source said, while his recently crafted budget framework to cut spending could appeal to hard-line conservatives.
Another source close to Arrington’s plans said, “We’re really working to get Jordan to 217, and we’re supporting our Conference candidate. Doing that and getting back to working for the people is what we’re laser focused on now.” .”
The first source also mentioned Republican study committee Chairman Kevin Hern, R-Okla., as “another pending alternative.” Hern had toyed with the idea of running for president before withdrawing from the race, fearing that a three-way contest would fracture the House Republican Party.
Other reports have also suggested Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., vice chairman of the House GOP conference, as a possible candidate. A third source close to the discussions acknowledged hearing “whispers” about Johnson.
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One moderate Republican lawmaker even went after Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, who has emerged this year as a top liaison between GOP leaders and the hard-right House Freedom Caucus.
“Conservatives want Jim Jordan. But Jim Jordan won’t do his job and doesn’t have our support. Chip Roy would be a different story. He has principles,” the lawmaker told Fox News Digital.
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Hern and Johnson’s offices did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday morning.
Jordan won 199 votes in his second attempt Wednesday, after winning 200 the day before.
His office said it will take another vote on Thursday, but that will likely be the final indicator of the viability of Jordan’s candidacy.