Not even 24 hours after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives, Rep. Jim Jordan of the Freedom Caucus announced that he would be making a bid for House Minority Leader. Jordan, who had a successful night on Tuesday in winning re-election in his Ohio home district, told The Hill that he was going to challenge current Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
“I plan to run for minority leader,” Jordan said. “In 2016, the American people elected Republicans to come here and change this town. I think the president is doing just that, but I don’t think they see the same intensity from folks in Congress, folks in the House of Representatives.”
Earlier this week, Jordan said there were promises that Republicans made to the voters that they failed to live up to. He continued on that theme Wednesday, asking the questions that conservative voters might be asking themselves.
“Have we replaced Obamacare yet?” he asked. “Have we secured the border yet? Have we reformed welfare yet? No we haven’t.”
Jordan said he was disappointed in the current Republican leadership, telling host Buck Sexton that he would have liked to have seen Paul Ryan and McCarthy engage the Democrats in political debate.
“Now that we’re in the minority,” he said, “that’s about all we can do is debate. But fight hard in the debate for the principles, for the things that we know the American people sent us here to do in 2016. Show them that we deserve to be back in power in 2020.”
Jordan had previously announced that he would run to replace Ryan as House Speaker, which also would have likely pitted him against McCarthy, who was widely presumed to be the next in line for the top job in Congress.