Jim Jordan weighs alternative to withdrawing from House speaker race

Article originally appeared on www.washingtonexaminer.com.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is weighing an exit strategy in the House speaker race after two failed bids for the gavel and the prospect of a third round of voting appearing to be a guaranteed loss.

The Ohio Republican met with a small group on Wednesday night that included Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R-NC), former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and a few aides to discuss his next moves, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

They discussed Jordan supporting a resolution that has become increasingly popular among Jordan’s detractors that would broaden McHenry’s powers through January in exchange for McHenry continuing to support Jordan as speaker-designate.

House leaders would use Jordan’s position as speaker-designate over the next few months to bring Jordan, at least informally, into the leadership fold as they test his abilities to perform the role through events, fundraisers, and more.

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