Breaking: Freedom Caucus Founder Jim Jordan May Run For House Speaker

Jim Jordan

Jim Jordan, the Ohio Congressman who founded the conservative Freedom Caucus in the House, may run for Speaker of the House.

Jordan would replace Paul Ryan, who announced his retirement earlier this week.

Other major players said to be considering a bid are Rep. Steve Scalise, who survived an assassination attempt last year, as well as California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who tried to become Speaker in 2015, but didn’t couldn’t secure the votes.

According to The Washington Post:

“Rep. Jim Jordan, a prominent and polarizing conservative leader, is strongly considering a run for House speaker in a bid that could upend the race to succeed Paul D. Ryan.

Two Republican lawmakers said they had spoken with Jordan (R-Ohio) since Ryan announced his retirement Wednesday, and both said that they got the impression that Jordan would enter the race to lead the House GOP. The lawmakers spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.

Jordan, 54, is a former champion college wrestler who co-founded the House Freedom Caucus, a hard-line faction of about three dozen conservative lawmakers that could play a kingmaker role in any leadership race to come. Its members have been highly critical of the GOP leadership, especially after last month’s vote to pass a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill.”