(TargetLiberty.org) – On Wednesday former GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) predicted that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) would be replaced as the House Speaker by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). McCarthy was ousted from office on Tuesday.
Kinzinger during an interview on CNN’s “AC-360) stated that he expected the race for the speakership between Jordan and McCarthy’s longtime No. 2 and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) to be a “new litmus test” for the party’s conservative members. He added that this would essentially be a test of whether or not someone was a true conservative which would result in everybody voting for Jim Jordan.
He added that he was hoping his assessment was incorrect and said that if Jordan does end up becoming the House Speaker it would be interesting how “a shut-it-all-down” kind of person was going to govern the nation.
While Scalise and Jordan have already joined the race for the now-vacant office, others could also place a bid.
Jordan who is a Freedom Caucus founding member and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has previously attempted to win over establishment candidates but has been decisively unsuccessful. In 2018 he had tried to win McCarthy’s position who was the then-Majority leader, only to lose in a 159-43 vote.
However, in the past half a decade there have been significant changes to the party which could allow Jordan to be successful.
Kinzinger argued that if they had a secret ballot then Scalise, or anyone else would easily win against Jordan.
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