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 RodgersGOP lawmakers voice support for Israeli plan to annex areas in West Bank Trio of GOP lawmakers asks Zoom to clarify China ties after it suspends accounts Bipartisan senators call for investigation of TikTok's child privacy policies MORE (R-Wash.), a member of House GOP leadership, is not ruling out supporting Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanSunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Nadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide 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 RyanBush, Romney won't support Trump reelection: NYT Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.), setting up a battle with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySupreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress The Hill's Campaign Report: Florida's coronavirus surge raises questions about GOP convention McCarthy calls NY requests for Trump tax returns political 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 ScaliseCheney clashes with Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks GOP-Trump fractures on masks open up 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.