FreedomWorks backs Jim Jordan for House Speaker

FreedomWorks backs Jim Jordan for House Speaker
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A conservative advocacy group is backing former Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanFive takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump Jordan says Oversight should be more focused on McCabe, Rosenstein ahead of Cohen testimony White House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration MORE (R-Ohio) to succeed House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFive takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump 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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“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 McCarthySteve King spins GOP punishment into political weapon Steve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote Steve King urges supporters to pray for his committee assignments to be restored: report 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.