Three House Republicans flipped against Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) in the third House speaker vote after supporting the Ohio Republican on earlier ballots.
In the third vote, Jordan lost 25 Republicans, an increase in defections from the previous two rounds, and was denied the speakership again. All three flips in the third round of voting are Republicans representing districts that voted for President Joe Biden in 2020. Here is a look at who they are.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Fitzpatrick voted for Jordan in the first two votes, on Tuesday and Wednesday, but told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday he would not vote for the Ohio Republican on a third ballot. He said he favored empowering Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R-NC) in the interim.
The Pennsylvania Republican was one of six GOP members to vote for McHenry in the third round.
Rep. Tom Kean Jr. (R-NJ)
Kean swapped his vote because it “has become evident that Chairman Jordan does not and will not have the votes to become speaker,” he said in a statement issued during the third round of voting. The New Jersey Republican voted for former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Friday.
“It is clear we need a conservative leader to helm the conference in this crucial time,” Kean said. “Therefore, for the good of the country, my district, and this institution, I will cast my next vote for Kevin McCarthy.”
He was one of two Republicans to vote for McCarthy on the third ballot.
Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-NY)
Molinaro switched his vote away from Jordan in the third round because the Ohio Republican did not have enough votes to win the speakership.
“I voted for Jim Jordan twice because I believed he could unify our conference. I was hopeful and helpful in that effort. But right now, he does not have the necessary votes to win,” Molinaro said in a statement on Friday. “We need to get back to work and need a conservative who can win the speakership.”
As RTM previously reported:
House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan encountered a significant setback in his ambition to ascend to the position of the next speaker of the House, falling short of the necessary votes once again during the third round of voting.
The required number of votes for the speakership was 214, given the House attendance of 427. This number would only change if members opted to vote “present” during the roll call vote for speaker.
Former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy was set to endorse Jordan by delivering his nomination speech on the House floor prior to the vote, according to reports by the Daily Caller.
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