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Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks receives death threats after voting against Jordan for Speaker of the House

An Iowa Republican who voted against Rep. Jim Jordan for House speaker said she has received “credible death threats” since she withdrew her support for him in the runoff election.

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks said she received “a barrage of threatening calls” and multiple death threats after voting for Rep. Kay Granger, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, on Wednesday afternoon.

Miller-Meeks initially voted for Jordan, a staunch conservative from Ohio, in the first vote for president on Tuesday before changing her choice the next day.

Jordan was nominated by the majority of his party last week, but failed to garner enough votes to be elected the new Speaker of the House after Rep. Kevin McCarthy was ousted from the post.

U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks votes as the House of Representatives holds its runoff vote for a new House Speaker at the U.S. Capitol October 18, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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On Wednesday, Jordan received 199 votes from his Republican colleagues, 18 short of the 217 needed to win the presidency.

The House is expected to give Jordan another chance with a third vote on Thursday.

Miller-Meeks said she won’t let the threats influence her decision-making in the upcoming vote.

Rep. Jim Jordan, nominee for Speaker of the House, watches from his seat as the vote for Speaker of the House of Representatives takes place at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 18, 2023.
Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks said she received “a barrage of threatening calls” and multiple death threats after voting for Rep. Kay Granger.

“One thing I can’t stand or support is a bully,” she said. “I did not stand up for bullies before I voted for President Granger and when I voted for President-elect Jordan, and I will not bow to bullies now.”

She did not say who made the threats, but informed authorities.

Jordan spoke out against scare tactics.

Right-wing Republican Jim Jordan, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is seen in the House Chamber in Washington, DC on October 18, 2023.

“We condemn all threats against our colleagues and it is imperative that we come together,” he said in a message on X. “Stop. It’s odious. »

Lawmakers who voted against the Ohio Republican said he had been nothing if not cordial in conversations seeking their support, but many said his supporters were deploying intimidation tactics to try to win their vote.

With post wires

New York Post

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