Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has made it clear that he thinks he is the best option to take over Republican leadership in the House when the new Congress convenes in January.
Republicans have known for a long time that Speaker Paul Ryan was not seeking re-election and would be leaving a vacancy in party leadership. This left many speculating about party leadership, most of whom pointed to Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as the logical next choice.
Rep. McCarthy is the current House majority leader, second in leadership only to Speaker Ryan. Beyond that, Rep. McCarthy’s closest competitor in rank, House Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), has announced that he would not run against him.
“I helped build a majority from a deeper hole than this and I have what it takes to do it again,” said Rep. McCarthy.
While it looks like it could be smooth sailing for the Congressman to take over House leadership, Jordan hopes to change that.
Jordan told Fox News that he believes he has a better ability to match President Donald Trump’s “intensity.”
.@Jim_Jordan on his run for House GOP leader: “We have to match [@POTUS’s] intensity, that’s what I want to do. If I’m given the opportunity to lead our conference, I’ll do that.” https://t.co/Ybecji7P4y pic.twitter.com/WpTBn4PPOr
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 8, 2018
“President Trump was elected to come to this town and shake it up. He is doing just that. He’s coming here and doing what he told the American people he was gonna do. I think the House Republican Conference should match that same intensity. Have we repealed Obamacare yet? Have we reformed welfare yet? Have we secured the border yet? There’s lots of things we’ve got to get done yet. I think that had an impact on what took place just yesterday in the election.”
While Jordan may think he can match his intensity, Trump has a good relationship with Rep. McCarthy. In fact, Trump has condemned Jordan for his votes against GOP health care plans in the past.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
But it looks as though Jordan still thinks he can mend that relationship with the president.
“One thing I also know is where President Trump went, there were good results. Look, we’ve got to match his intensity and that’s what I want to do.”