October 20, 2023

Potential Replacement for Jordan as Speaker Emerges

It is not exactly a secret that the vote for House Speaker has become a complete disaster for the GOP and Jim Jordan.

Jordan had already had two failed attempts when he called off the third vote on Thursday.

Jordan stated that he was not going to move forward with the vote, possibly allowing the Speaker Pro Tem to have more powers to pass legislation.

This entire scenario changed on Friday.

New Speaker

Jordan went through with the third vote, and it was even worse than the first or second. He lost five more votes, with his support now only at 194.

Other House members are now being asked to consider running among the caucus, with one of those names being Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI), a retired Marine General.

Bergman’s spokesperson stated, "Following the second round of voting, the General was approached by colleagues and has had conversations about a possible Speaker run — it’s becoming clear Rep. Jordan’s path is narrowing by the hour.

"We cannot go another day without a Speaker. He simply doesn’t have the votes — we need to have a frank discussion as a conference about a path forward. If as a conference we see he can’t get the necessary votes to become Speaker, General Bergman is prepared to step up."

His spokesman added, "The General isn’t seeking to climb the ladder, only steady it in a time of chaos — and would only seek to be Speaker for the remainder of the 118th Congress.

"Rep. Bergman served our Nation for 40 years in the United States Marine Corps — retiring as a Lt. General. He knows how to put others first to accomplish the task at hand."

Another name being mentioned is House GOP Conference Vice Chair Mike Johnson (R-LA).

It is pretty clear they need a more moderate name that all sides can agree upon just to move forward.

They need to stick their agendas in their back pockets and get back to business.

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