Matt Gaetz nominates Jim Jordan as alternate choice for House Speaker
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But Jordan nominated Kevin McCarthy.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz nominated a close ally, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, for Speaker of the House. The Panhandle Republican offered Jordan’s name despite the Ohio Republican openly supporting outgoing Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for the job.

“Sometimes we have to do the job we are called to do,” Gaetz said.

Gaetz nominated Jordan after a first vote for Speaker of the new 118th Congress failed to produce a majority winner.

Jordan picked up six votes for Speaker in the first round of voting. Notably, that total did not include Gaetz, who supported U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona in the first round. It also did not include Jordan, who supported McCarthy.

The relationship between Gaetz and McCarthy has grown increasingly frayed, with the Republican leader calling Gaetz out by name at a press conference minutes before Representatives gathered on the floor to elect a new Speaker.

Meanwhile, Jordan has held a close relationship with Gaetz for years, dating back to his time leading the House Freedom Caucus. He was among few members to vocally defend Gaetz when accusations of sex trafficking surfaced against Gaetz in 2021. It has appeared unlikely recently that the investigation will ever lead to charges.

But Jordan on the second Speaker vote actually nominated McCarthy on behalf of the GOP Caucus.

“The differences between (David) Joyce and Jordan or Biggs and (Don) Bacon, they pale in comparison to the differences between us and the Left,” Jordan said, citing the names of several representatives who have been on different sides of the Speaker race.

Gaetz was ultimately one of 19 votes for Jordan for Speaker on the second vote. Rep.-elect Anna Paulina Luna, a St. Petersburg Republican, also cast a vote for Jordan on both the first and second ballot.

Unlike on the first vote, all votes that did not go for McCarthy or Democratic nominee U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries went for Jordan.

A third ballot will take place. It’s clear how any candidate gets to a majority at the moment.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Pizza Gaetz

    January 3, 2023 at 4:22 pm

    Pizza Gaetz nominates far right terrorist cheerleader Jordan for alcoholics anonymous.

  • Ken Harrison

    January 3, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    I would never call Matt Gaetz a leader in any sense of the word. His attitudes towards children (especially young girls) and his homophopic outlook on life makes him not even eligible to be in Congress, let alone a “leader”. Why not choose someone who at least has a modicum of decency!!

  • Don’t Look Up

    January 4, 2023 at 8:07 am

    CNN interviewed Gym Jordan. He doesn’t want to be Speaker. He will refuse the position if offered.

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