Republican members of the House of Representatives (HOR) say that they have been harassed by Jim Jordan using different tactics as his bid for speaker-ship was in a problematic turn. Jim Jordan has been running for American HOR’s Speaker-ship and lost the second vote for gavel on Wednesday and is expected to go for a third vote on Thursday. Several Republicans said they were harassed by Jordan’s followers pressing to vote for his speaker-ship. Mr. Jordan is a right-wing Republican from Ohio and one of Trump’s allies, and he disavowed the harassment. Hardline conservative House members voted on October 3 to oust the former Speaker, Kevin McCarthy.
Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a Republican from Iowa, issued a statement on Wednesday saying she received death threats and many harassing phone calls after switching her vote from Mr.Jordan to another alternative. She announced not to support the devil. Another Republican, clear opponent of Mr. Jordan, Don Bacon, showed the text to the media. He described the threatening messages were sent to harass his wife by the supporters of the would-be Speaker. One of those messages said, “Your husband would be unable to hold any political office ever again, and how disappointed and a failure he is.”
Mr Jordan Denied Of His Involvement In Harassment
Mr. Jim Jordan denied his involvement in the abusive calls and threatening messages. He wrote on the social media platform X, formally Twitter, and said No citizen should account other for his beliefs. He condemned the harassing actions against his colleagues. Many other Republicans, including Kay Granger of Texas, Virginia’s Jen Kiggans, and Florida’s John Rutherford, complained of intimidation tactics by Mr. Jordan’s right-wing supporters and local conservative leaders. Ms. Kiggans tweeted that intimidation and pressurizing would not change his opinion.
There are severe concerns among the House members regarding harassment, however, no one directly blamed Mr. Jordan for abuse. A Republican from Florida, Carlos Antonio Giménez, said he directly talked to Jordan and discussed the matter. He noted that Republican Jordan told him that he was not behind the harassing campaign. He added that Jordan announced to stop those threatening activities. Gimenez asked Mr Jordan if he was stopping people from doing so, then why were they not listening to him? Mr. Gimenez said his office was receiving robocalls for opposing Mr. Jordan.
House Russing Without A Leader
Steve Womack, a Republican from Arkansas, condemned the tactics used by Jordan’s supporters and called them attack attack attack strategies, which are at their peak against Jordan’s speakership’s opponents. The harassing movement became active after Jim Jordan remained unsuccessful in getting enough votes on the second day to become the Speaker of the House. On Tuesday, the first day of voting, some of his Republican fellows voted against him, and on Wednesday, 22 of his fellows opposed him. He is expected to go for the third voting term on Thursday.
It’s been around two weeks since the former Speaker of the lower Chamber of Congress was removed after a no-confidence vote against him. Since then, there has been no leader in the House. The House of Representatives is under Republicans’ control, and without a speaker, it is unable to pass a bill or any request from the White House for extra aid in a state of emergency.
For now, it can also not pass any bills to support Israel in the war against Hamas. Democrats in the House repeatedly vote for their own representative, Hakeem Jeffries. After such a tough scenario, talks have been rising to empower the acting Speaker, Patrick McHenry, for a short term of 90 days. But Democrats have not indicated any help to elect the Speaker, and they call it Republicans’ own problem. Mr. Jordan can only lose four votes in the Chamber as his party has a thin majority of 221-212. He has to get a minimum of 217 votes to become the Speaker of the House.