Founder: Freedom Caucus not sold on Ryan

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the founder of the House Freedom Caucus, says his group is not sold on Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.) for Speaker.

“Well, look, Paul Ryan is a friend, I meet with him every single week, we talk about policy. I think he’d be a great messenger. He’ll come in front of our group and talk to us. I think our group would be favorable towards him, but we’re not there yet,” Jordan told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

The anti-establishment firebrand said his group would be willing to support Ryan if he committed to decentralizing power in the House.

“I think he will agree to that, I think the next Speaker has to agree to that, because this place has got to change,” Jordan said. “The American people – 60 percent of our voters, Chris — think we have betrayed them, not disappointed, not slightly off track. We’ve betrayed them. We need a shake-up now.”

Jordan reiterated the Freedom Caucus’s support of Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.).

“Our position right now is we know Daniel Webster, we know he’s done this in Florida, where he took a model that was so controlled, top-down, centralized kind of power model, he diffused that kind of power and empowered the members,” Jordan said. “So I think that’s the model we want. I think whoever the next Speaker is, Paul Ryan or anyone else, has to go to that kind of model.”

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (R-Ohio) postponed the election for his successor after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suddenly dropped out of the race last week.

Ryan has said he isn’t interested in running for the House’s top job, but Republican leadership is pressuring him to reconsider.