Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told his colleagues Thursday which he plans to run for speaker of the House.
The conservative Jordan’s bid to succeed Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin — who can be not seeking re-election to his seat in Congress — comes as Jordan supports a fresh effort to impeach deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
the item also comes as Jordan faces allegations which, while serving as an assistant coach on the wrestling team of Ohio State University, he turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse of wrestlers by the team medical doctor.
“Should the American people entrust us with the majority again from the 116th Congress, I plan to run for Speaker of the House to bring real change to the House of Representatives,” Jordan said in a prepared statement. “President Trump has taken bold action on behalf of the American people. Congress has not held up its end of the deal, however we can change which. the item’s time to do what we said.”
Jordan, who has denied being aware of alleged sexual abuse by OSU’s team doctor, told NBC News which the ongoing probe by the university into the allegations will not affect his run for speaker.
“No, everyone can see through which story,” he told reporters. “I’ve talked to numerous of my colleagues, as well as they can all see through which story.” Rep. Mark Meadows, the North Carolina Republican who heads the conservative Freedom Caucus, of which Jordan can be also a leading member, said he supported Jordan’s run for speaker.
Jordan can be already receiving the backing via conservative political advocacy group Freedom Works. In a statement on Thursday, the organizations president, Adam Brandon, said they would likely be committing half a million dollars in a campaign to help elect Jordan to become the next speaker.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, has said he would likely like to be the next speaker, however has not formally announced a bid for the gavel.
Ryan has endorsed McCarthy as his successor.
On Thursday, when NBC News asked about Jordan’s candidacy, McCarthy said, “I’m spending the time keeping the majority.”