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OPINION: The GOP must unite around Jim Jordan’s speakership candidacy

Jim Jordan speaking in Phoenix at the AmericaFest in 2021.

Just over two weeks ago, the United States Congress made history, as now-former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted from his post in a 216-210 vote. Since then, the House of Representatives still does not have a Speaker. The question remains on who is the right person to take the gavel.

McCarthy earned the speakership Jan. 7 after 15 rounds of voting by making a number of concessions to his own party, including congressional term limits, accountability for the “Biden Crime Family” and budgetary constraints. McCarthy failed to deliver on many of his promises, and as a result, was booted from the speakership. A few names have been thrown around as potential replacements for McCarthy, but few are as qualified as Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.

With just about 380 days until election day at the time of writing this article, if the Republican party hopes to buck the trend of losing elections, it is important that the party is united behind one leader. 

While McCarthy succeeded in maintaining the support of the majority of his party, he was unable to maintain his position as the speaker due to his lack of a desire to keep his word. Jordan has shown as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that he not only is a man of his word but stays true to his principles. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Jordan gained notoriety as a result of fighting for liberty for Americans who had their businesses shut down and their rights taken away under the illusion of protection. 

“15 days to slow the spread turned into a year of lost liberties,” Jordan shouted to Dr. Anthony Fauci in 2021. 

On the war in Ukraine, Jordan has long been of the belief that our taxpayers should not be handing blank checks to Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian military. 

“I’ve been clear that there are two fundamental questions that need to be answered. What is the goal?” Jordan asked. “Second question, if you can tell us what the goal is, how is the money being spent? How can we account for that? I think the American people are entitled to know the answer to those two questions before we continue to send their hard-earned money to protect Ukraine’s border when we have what is happening on our border.” 

As the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jordan has been a driving force in uncovering the corruption of the Biden family, including launching an inquiry into Hunter’s “sweetheart” deal with the Department of Justice, launching investigations into the Biden administration’s alleged censorship of first amendment rights online and much more. 

In a time of uncertainty, Republicans should be looking for a Speaker with a proven track record that is consistent with the wishes of the members of the conference. If the GOP is to avoid another McCarthy debacle, they must give the gavel to somebody who has shown that they are willing to put in the work to advocate for conservative values, and also understands that they must live up to their word. 

2024 is a make-or-break election for the GOP, as the party has lost the last three election cycles. If Republicans are looking to turn the tides, they need to gain momentum and look to somebody who is willing to lead by example. 

Jordan is the man for the job, and he will get the job done. 

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Harry Murphy, Staff Writer | he/him
Harry is a junior Broadcast Journalism major from Walpole, Massachusetts. Harry is an Eagle Scout who enjoys being outdoors, and loves spending time with family and friends. In his free time, he enjoys running around the city, or watching any of Boston’s four major sports teams. After graduation, Harry hopes to work as a political correspondent.
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