Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy won’t get to be House Speaker next year, but the California lawmaker is in a good position to defeat Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and capture the top GOP post of House minority leader.
Jordan is the only Republican challenging McCarthy, R-Calif., and while Jordan has a loyal following of conservatives, they number only two or three dozen, which isn’t enough to win.
“We have the votes and we are ready to go,” a top GOP aide familiar with McCarthy’s whip count told the Washington Examiner.
McCarthy is hoping to replace retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his path got easier on Election Day, when Democrats won back the majority. If Republicans stayed in the majority, McCarthy would have needed a majority of the whole House to be elected speaker. In that case, Jordan and his conservative faction could have withheld those votes, or traded them for assurances that McCarthy would pursue a more aggressive, conservative agenda.
Read more at the Washington Examiner.