More Florida Republicans come out in support of Jim Jordan

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But could enough Floridians on the fence still scuttle the Ohio Republican's chance?

More Republicans in Florida are coming around to support U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan for House Speaker.

U.S. Rep. Aaron Bean, a Fernandina Beach Republican, told Florida Politics ahead of a GOP Conference vote that he was leaning toward Majority Leader Steve Scalise. But after Scalise dropped out, Bean is moving on.

“Bean all in for Jordan,” he texted Florida Politics.

Several other lawmakers who largely remained mum have also come out for the House Judiciary Chairman.

The Hill published an op-ed from U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Palm Harbor Republican, endorsing Jordan.

“Jim has been tenacious in his quest to ensure a government that is transparent and accountable,” Bilirakis wrote. “He has worked to root out corruption in federal agencies, including the IRS, Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.”

U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn issued a statement this weekend supporting Jordan.

“Time is of the essence to get our government up and running. There is too much at stake both domestically and globally,” the Panama City Republican said. “I’m supporting Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House because we need a Speaker to help us secure disaster funding for those affected by Hurricane Idalia and help the Israeli people who are fighting Hamas. The House GOP must support Congressman Jordan so we can return to our constitutional duty of serving our constituents.”

U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, a Rockledge Republican, posted on X he would also support Jordan.

“Working to build support for Jim Jordan as House Speaker,” he wrote.

U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, a Clermont Republican, backed Jordan in the most recent conference vote. So did U.S. Rep. Scott Franklin.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan refused to vote for Jordan in conference after Jordan lost to Scalise on a separate vote but then forced him out of the contest. But now Buchanan said he will back Jordan in a floor vote on Tuesday.

But not everyone in the delegation is ready to take that step. Both U.S. Reps. Carlos Giménez, a Miami-Dade Republican, and John Rutherford, a Jacksonville Republican, remain angry at the ouster of Speaker Kevin McCarthy that led to the mid-Congress leadership fight.

Giménez published a press release on Monday reiterating his plan to vote for reinstating McCarthy. He also pushed back on rumors he would participate in a vote that would lift Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries into the Speaker’s chair.

I am supporting Republican Speaker McCarthy and intend on voting for him on the House Floor,” he posted on X. “I will NEVER support socialist Hakeem Jeffries and anything to the contrary is a fabrication and a flat-out lie. Last week, eight colleagues joined all the socialist Democrats to carry-out a coup against our duly-elected Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy. These 8 lit the fuse and every Democrat in Congress provided the gunpowder to overthrow the will of 96% of Republicans in Congress who voted to retain Speaker McCarthy. I will not partake in this despicable coup. Speaker McCarthy should have never been removed to begin with.”

U.S. Rep. Marío Diaz-Balart was a vocal Scalise supporter and voiced anger when the Louisiana Republican was driven from the race despite winning a conference vote. He has not endorsed Jordan to date.

Florida Politics asked Díaz-Balart who he planned to support on the floor Tuesday. He replied by text: “The person who won the two-person contest between Jordan and Scalise— Scalise.”

U.S. Reps. Laurel Lee and María Elvira Salazar have not publicly declared who they will support.

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].


8 comments

  • Michael K

    October 16, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    Gym Jordan is the best they can do? America deserves better.

  • Josh Green

    October 16, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    The party of “Conservative Family Values” supports a guy who covered up a massive sex abuse scandal at Ohio State.

    I’m not surprised at all. Republicans are sick hypocrites.
    Every last one of them.

  • Charger john

    October 16, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    Giminez was supporting felloe RINO as birds of feather do.
    Giminez is a banna republic tyrant that locked dowm Miami during covid and destroyed many businesses. Fugures commie WEF itypes cringe at the thought of Jordan.

    • My Take

      October 16, 2023 at 11:22 pm

      “destroyed many businesses.”
      =======
      I wonder how many lives were saved.

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 17, 2023 at 5:44 am

    No no no! Stop rewarding accused pedophlie JIM JORDAN! MAGA cult of course endorsed a pedophile! Betcha his record on race and sexism is just as bad! Republicans. Please be the real Republicans! Not these damn MAGA cult! Yes that does include GAETZ!

  • waked up rite

    October 17, 2023 at 7:46 am

    Jordan is cray cray. Shame on these crackers for supporting him. Jim’s conduct in chairmanship of the Biden impeachment hearing reminds me of a rabid dog. Of course, all of the “witnesses” had no knowledge of any fact to support this impeachment quest. No problem for Jimbo, however he’s hell bent on his vicious rabid attack on our President. Oh, that’s right, Jimbo refuses to accept the results of the election. God help us!

  • Michael K

    October 17, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    The insurrectionist and sexual abuse enabler is not well-liked, despite his pressure campaign and terrorist threats. In his 16 years in Congress, Jordan has not passed a single piece of legislation – but he took an active role on January 6 to overturn a free and fair election, and clearly wants to shut down the government.

  • charger John

    October 17, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    time for a non RINO to lead! Job #1 Close Borders!

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