FreedomWorks backs Jim Jordan for House Speaker

FreedomWorks backs Jim Jordan for House Speaker
© Greg Nash

A conservative advocacy group is backing former Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanMeadows: Subpoenas in Russia probe 'forthcoming in days' Republicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe Republican wants to know why Rosenstein delayed release of FBI agent texts MORE (R-Ohio) to succeed House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDOJ delivers Russia probe documents to Congress Laura Ingraham: George Will is ‘sad and petty’ for urging votes against GOP Seth Rogen: I told Paul Ryan I hate his policies in front of his kids MORE (R-Wis). 

FreedomWorks fired off a series of tweets this week encouraging Jordan to run for the speakership, diving headfirst into a GOP leadership race that started to heat up after Ryan’s retirement announcement last week.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Fallon responds to Trump: I'll donate to pro-immigrant nonprofit in his name South Carolina GOP candidate expected to make full recovery after car accident Official: US to present North Korea with timeline, 'specific asks' MORE needs a strong, conservative Speaker of the House who will take on Mitch & Nancy. He needs Congressman Jim Jordan,” the group said in a tweet referencing both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFive things to know about efforts to repeal Obama's water rule Mulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Senate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiConservative leader on Huckabee tweet: Where did my friend go? Democrats cannot afford to play hardball on immigration reform GOP scrambles to regain fiscal credibility with House budget MORE (D-Calif.).

“But Rep. Jordan’s still deciding whether he should run. Sign the petition to draft conservative champion Jim Jordan!”

“Conservatives agree that there is no better choice! #JimForSpeaker!” the group wrote in another tweet.

Jordan hasn’t officially thrown his hat into the ring for the top job yet, but he has expressed openness to the idea. The support from FreedomWorks and the group’s conservative activists could help bolster Jordan’s potential bid.

Still, it’s highly unlikely that Jordan — a conservative ringleader who has long been a thorn in the side of leadership — could secure the 218 votes needed to become Speaker.

But if Jordan decided to run for the job, it could draw dozens of conservative votes away from the front-runner and increase the chances that any candidate would try to cut a deal with the Freedom Caucus in exchange for their support.

A similar scenario played out in 2015, when Freedom Caucus leaders attempted to negotiate a deal with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — House passes opioid bill | Planned Parenthood sues over teen pregnancy program | Azar to face Senate next week House still plans immigration vote next week despite Trump's tweet House passes bipartisan bill to fight opioid crisis MORE (R-Calif.). They promised to back him for Speaker if he pledged support for one of their own conservative members to become majority leader.

McCarthy ultimately dropped his bid, however, leading to the rise of Ryan.