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Monday, April 15, 2024

Scalise Reportedly Refused to Help Jordan Clinch Speakership Votes 

'He voted for Jim Jordan on the floor and will continue to do so...'

(Luis CornelioHeadline USA) House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., created a stir on Monday by refusing to throw his weight behind House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in his bid to secure the House speakership. 

According to reports from the Daily Caller, Scalise rejected Jordan’s plea for public endorsement following an unsuccessful first round of voting.

When approached for comment, a spokesperson for Scalise neither confirmed nor denied the incident, reiterating Scalise’s commitment to support the nominee chosen by the House Republicans.

“Leader Scalise has been the only candidate throughout this process who has publicly declared he will be supportive of whomever the conference nominates for Speaker, and his position has not changed,” the spokesperson said. “He voted for Jim Jordan on the floor and will continue to do so.” 

However, the office did acknowledge that Scalise had privately lobbied some members on Jordan’s behalf. 

Countering reports of a refusal to support Jordan, the Scalise spokesperson said, “Not true. He has spoken to members on Jim’s behalf and you can see that many Scalise allies flipped to Jordan.” 

Jordan’s initial attempt fell short by 17 votes, leading him to push for a second round of voting. In total, Jordan received 200 votes. The House has agreed to conduct the second round on Wednesday at 11:00 am, as reported by the New York Times.

“We’re going to keep working, and we’re going to get to the votes,” Jordan affirmed on Tuesday. 

During the first round, Scalise secured seven votes, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., received six, former Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., acquired three, while Reps. Tom Emmer, R- Minn., Mike Garcia, R-Calif., Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and Tom Cole, R- Okla., each received one vote.

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