Republicans say they received death threats after voting against Jim Jordan speakership

By Jen Krausz on
 October 20, 2023

At least two of the 22 Republicans who voted against Rep. Jim Jordan for House speaker on Wednesday said they received death threats after the vote.

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) made a statement detailing the threats and said that she had reported them to the appropriate authorities.

"One thing I cannot stomach, or support is a bully," she said.

Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) said he supported Jordan on the first ballot but saw a lot of pressure being applied and had second thoughts.

He discussed it with Jordan directly but didn't see improvement and decided to vote for Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) instead. He and his family reportedly also received death threats after the vote.

Jordan spokesperson Russell Dye called for the threats to stop and said that Jordan has condemned the tactics repeatedly. “It is important that Republicans stop attacking each other and come together,” he concluded.