Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, representing California, has publicly endorsed Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio as his successor for the position of House speaker.
This endorsement follows the recent announcement by Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia regarding his intention to run for the speakership.
“I’m going to support Jim Jordan,” McCarthy told the press on Friday.
Regarding the competition between Scott and Jordan, McCarthy expressed confidence in Jordan’s prospects.
“I think Jim’s better prepared in the process to be speaker,” McCarthy stated, “but we’ll see … I think everybody has the right to run. I think Jim’s better prepared in the process to be speaker.”
House Republicans have officially nominated Jordan as speaker candidate.
Rep. Austin Scott, affiliated with the House Intelligence Committee, declared his intention to run for the speaker’s position on Friday. This announcement came in the wake of Majority Leader Steve Scalise from Louisiana, the initial nominee for the position, withdrawing from the race the previous night.
“I have filed to be Speaker of the House,” Austin communicated on Friday via X. “We are in Washington to legislate, and I want to lead a House that functions in the best interest of the American people.”
While discussing his decision, Scott referred to Jordan as his “good friend.” He emphasized his desire for a functional House rather than a personal ambition for the role of speaker. “I want a House that functions correct, but the House is not functioning correctly right now,” Scott articulated.
Scott further highlighted the need for the Republican party to exhibit the characteristics of a majority party. He revealed that Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, who chairs the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, would nominate him for the speaker’s role. Scott also expressed his commitment to the Republican conference and the importance of his colleagues fulfilling their responsibilities.
“When I woke up this morning, I had no intention of doing this,” Scott revealed. “It took me a long time to even get to my wife to tell her, ‘Call our friends, be in prayer,’ because we haven’t done any preparation or any whipping or anything for this.” He stressed the importance of the Republican party acting responsibly and correctly, lamenting that it wasn’t the case at present.
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