Politico Wednesday reported that Trump had interceded on Jordan’s behalf in the majority leader race, urging McCarthy to put Jordan in charge of Judiciary Committee
Were he to seek that role, he’d have to beat out at least three other GOP colleagues, including Rep. Steve Chabot, R–Cincinnati. Jordan called Chabot “a wonderful colleague.”
“I think we just have to wait and see,” said Jordan of the ranking member position, saying “we haven’t gotten into the whole ranking member discussion yet.”
Jordan said as he made his case to be minority leader, he asked a few fundamental questions: Why did Republicans lose the House majority? What’s the lay of the land in the next Congress? What do we have to do — what changes were necessary — to win the House back?
His race against McCarthy, he said, “was never personal.”
Among those speaking on his behalf in the closed-door meeting of House Republicans was Rep. Warren Davidson, a Troy Republican.
In an interview after his remarks, Davidson said he emphasized Jordan’s role leading the Freedom Caucus.
“Jim has built a very cohesive team with the House Freedom Caucus,” he said. “It’s a team where individual voices do matter.”
Davidson said in the week before the election, he traveled to Cleveland with Jordan for a Trump rally. Walking out of the arena, Davidson said, Jordan was mobbed, with people getting out of their cars to come talk to him.
“We need to tap into that kind of energy,” he said. “The point I made was what better way to do that then with him as leader of our caucus.”
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