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GOP’s McMorris Rodgers on Jordan for Speaker: 'I am staying open'

GOP’s McMorris Rodgers on Jordan for Speaker: 'I am staying open'
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Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersTrump 'baby blimp' flies in Washington state for Pence visit The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — FBI widens scope of Kavanaugh investigation | Nightmare vote for red-state Dems | Five weeks to midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Kavanaugh ordeal thrusts FBI into new political jam MORE (R-Wash.), a member of House GOP leadership, is not ruling out supporting Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHouse Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein Poll: Republicans narrowly prefer Jordan to lead House GOP House panels postpone meeting with Rosenstein MORE (R-Ohio) in his bid for Speaker.

"I am staying open. I have not made a commitment for who I will be supporting for leadership," McMorris Rodgers told the local newspaper Inlander this week when asked if she would support Jordan.

"I really believe that it's premature for us to be jockeying for leadership positions when we need to focus on our races,” the House GOP caucus chair added.

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Jordan launched a bid last month to replace retiring Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP GOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost Adelsons donated M in September to help GOP in midterms MORE (R-Wis.), setting up a battle with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyDemocrats in swing districts advised to avoid talking about immigration The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump travels to hurricane-ravaged Florida, Georgia McCarthy brother-in-law under scrutiny for earning federal contracts based on Native American identity claim MORE (R-Calif.).

Ryan in April threw his support behind McCarthy, his deputy, to be his successor. Ryan told NBC News at the time, "We all think that Kevin is the right person." 

Politico/Morning Consult poll of registered voters released earlier this month showed slightly higher support for Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseGOP candidate says he chose bad 'metaphor' with face-stomping comments Democrats must end mob rule The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Dem victories in `18 will not calm party turbulence MORE (R-La.), who is currently the No. 3 House Republican, to become Speaker over Jordan and McCarthy.

The Speaker is decided among lawmakers when the new Congress convenes, and many members have pushed to hold off on the leadership battle until after the November midterm elections as Republicans seek to defend their House majority.

Jordan’s bid for Speaker has been mired in controversy in recent weeks since former wrestlers at The Ohio State University (OSU) alleged that he ignored reports of sexual abuse when he was a coach there years ago.

“Jordan definitely knew that these things were happening — yes, most definitely. It was there. He knew about it because it was an everyday occurrence,” former wrestler David Range said.

Jordan has denied the claims, calling the timing of the allegations “suspect.” Multiple former wrestlers from the school have also come out in defense of Jordan.