Rep John Rutherford (R-FL) is openly opposing Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as the Speaker of the House.
Like several other members of Congress opposing Jordan, Jordan’s blind loyalty to Trump is a no-go for Rutherford.
Somehow, a random shooting in Rutherford’s district is now being tied to his opposition to Jordan.
The shooting incident took place late Tuesday morning near the World Golf Village, which is the 5th District, which Rutherford represents.
Local reports stated that suspects inside of a red car opened fire on another vehicle, which contained two people.
The targeted vehicle then crashed into a barrier, with the driver and passenger being taken to the hospital. Current reports have not stated their condition at this time.
Oddly enough, I have seen rhetoric on social media insinuating that Rutherford would have been better off back in Florida rather than opposing Jim Jordan, although I am not sure how his presence in Florida would have impacted a random shooting like that.
As far as his opposition against Jordan goes, he is far from alone on that front.
After securing 200 votes on the first day, Jordan received only 199 on the second day, so the opposition against him is growing, and there is a lot of bad press associated with this.
For instance, the wife of Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) reportedly received a threatening text because her husband was also opposing Jordan.
I put the blame on leadership in the party, specifically on McCarthy, Majority Leader Scalise, and Whip Emmer.
This vote never should have hit the floor until they knew they had the support they needed for Jordan, especially since it is their supporters who are largely blocking this bid.
If they cannot get the support for Jordan, it is their job to identify the person who can take the gavel that the entire caucus can get behind.
Instead, they are making the party and the conservatives look like idiots for having voted them into office in the first place.
Had they only listened to us after the 2022 election and voted in new leadership, we would not be in this position in the first place.