According to media reports, Rep. Jim Jordan is the first Republican to publicly present himself as McCarthy’s successor.
After the historic dismissal of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, the first Republican publicly offered to be his successor, according to media reports. Jim Jordan, a pro-Trump representative from Ohio, answered “yes” on Wednesday when reporters at the US Congress asked him if he wanted to run for president, ABC News and Fox News reported, among others.
Jordan also chairs the Judicial Committee investigating the impeachment of US President Joe Biden. It is possible that there will be elections by the middle of next week at the earliest. It is unclear who can move up. In any case, McCarthy does not want to run again, and he made that clear after his dismissal. Hardline Republican Matt Gaetz, who filed the motion to impeach McCarthy, also confirmed that he has no ambition to run for president himself. In the very divided faction, it is not clear who can unite enough party colleagues behind him. There are several names being bandied about: including the former No. 2 Republican in the House, Steve Scalise.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives comes in third place in the country’s ranking after the President and his deputy. Republican Patrick McHenry assumes official duties as interim president, but he does not assume this role politically. (Abba)
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