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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 RodgersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Westerman tapped as top Republican on House Natural Resources Committee | McMorris Rodgers wins race for top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce | EPA joins conservative social network Parler McMorris Rodgers wins race for top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Republicans in campaign mode for top spots on House environmental committees | Peterson loss prompts scramble for House Agriculture chair MORE (R-Wash.), a member of House GOP leadership, is not ruling out supporting Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanCheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for proof of election fraud New RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future Sunday shows preview: Biden team gears up for transition, Trump legal battles continue and pandemic rages on 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 RyanAmerican Greatness editor on how Trump's abandonment of populism affected 2020 election Paul Ryan calls for Trump to accept results: 'The election is over' Bottom line MORE (R-Wis.), setting up a battle with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse GOP uses procedural tool to protest proxy voting The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Tensions rise with Trump, Barr Watch live: McCarthy holds news briefing 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 ScaliseTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' New RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future 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.