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 RodgersSocial determinants of health — health care isn't just bugs and bacteria Lawmakers deride FTC settlement as weak on Facebook Overnight Energy: Fight over fuel standards intensifies | Democrats grill Trump officials over rule rollback | California official blasts EPA chief over broken talks | Former EPA official says Wheeler lied to Congress MORE (R-Wash.), a member of House GOP leadership, is not ruling out supporting Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTop State Department official arrives for testimony in impeachment probe 10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable Ex-Trump aide to tell Congress she objected to Ukrainian ambassador's removal: report 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 RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate MORE (R-Wis.), setting up a battle with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthy10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable Furious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Five ways Trump's Syria decision spells trouble 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 ScaliseFurious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Five ways Trump's Syria decision spells trouble Cheney slated to introduce bill to place sanctions on Turkey 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.