Some say Jim Jordan 'too conservative' to secure support for House speakership

 October 18, 2023

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) seems to be the most popular and easy choice to replace former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

But through several votes, Jordan has failed to muster up the support needed to win the gavel, and some Republican House members believe that it could be because Jordan is "too conservative" to represent the GOP in the lower chamber.

According to JustTheNews, Rep. Josh Brecheen (R-OK) believes Jordan could be having a tough time because he leans too far right for some of the more moderate GOP members of the House.

During a recent interview on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show, Breechen said the idea that Jordan might bee too conservative is an "odd dynamic."

"I think you have some people that are voting against him because they think he's too conservative. There's a reality with that," Breechen said.

Breechen, like many other Republicans, believes that the only way Republicans will lead the way is through strong, unapologetic conservative leadership, and nothing less.

"We need bold colors," Breechen said. "We don't need pale pastels if we're going to have a chance to increase the size of our majority to win the presidency. Jim Jordan is a respected conservative."

The Oklahoma Republican made clear that he wants Jordan to have the job.

"I am very hopeful that he can get there," Brecheen said in reference to how many votes it will take for Jordan to secure the speaker's gavel. "People know that Jim Jordan is a man of truth."

For his part, Jordan has been adamant that the GOP cease the intra-party fighting and immediately come together to work toward actual issues and not focus on bickering.

"The differences between Republicans and Democrats in the House far outweigh our differences in the Republican Conference. This country and the GOP Conference cannot afford us attacking each other. It’s time to get to work," Jordan wrote on X.

As of Wednesday, some 22 House Republicans have held out on pushing Jordan through to secure the job, and those 22 have been absolutely torched across social media for playing games. They've been unofficially dubbed the "Swamp 22" by many.