The fallout from the “resistance” against Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has continued.
Rep. Ferguson (R-GA) just announced that he will not be seeking re-election.
This will leave yet another GOP seat without an incumbent, stretching RNC resources even further than already expected.
Ferguson was among the 25 GOP House members who refused to budge on Jordan’s nomination. He is now also the third member to resign, joining Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO).
— Congressman Drew Ferguson (@RepDrewFerguson) December 14, 2023
If you recall, Jordan was only nominated because after getting the first nomination, Rep. Scalise (R-LA) realized he did not have enough support, so the GOP Caucus opened up the floor for another nomination vote, with Jordan winning the majority.
Ferguson currently serves as the Chief Deputy Whip to Majority Whip Steve Scalise, you can understand his loyalty in not backing Jordan for the post.
This is arguably the most divided the GOP Caucus has ever been, which has led to the mass exodus of establishment Republicans who refuse to get on the same page as the MAGA faction.
There are also some members in the MAGA faction that are not leaving Congress, but that will have a hard time winning their re-election campaigns, with Rep. Boebert (R-CO) being at the top of that list.
Boebert barely won her last election, and she is less popular now as well as being accused of several possible campaign finance violations, so it is tough to see her defending that seat successfully.
Republicans are now also facing the challenge of district lines that have been redrawn since the last election, with many of them now favoring Democrats and in one state, guaranteeing that a Democrat will take a seat formerly held by Republicans.
The party is currently protecting a single-digit majority, while now needing to also help first-time candidates, as well as fund a potential presidential candidate who is using the majority of his campaign funds for legal bills.
Point being, even if Donald Trump wins the primary and the general election, he could be facing a Democrat-controlled Congress in both chambers, effectively making him a lame duck the moment he walks through the door.