Bullying and death threats by Jim Jordan (R-OH) supporters were part of the pressure campaign to members of their own Republican party to push him closer to the Speaker of the House. It did more harm than good.
It was implied that Congress was to do the third round of voting today, Thursday October 19, 2023. Republican nominee Jim Jordan is not backing down from being the nominee for Speaker, even though the threats have reportedly turned more members against the Congressman. With doing only one voting session per day and skipping Wednesday all together, the urgency to get things done doesn’t seem to be a priority.
The texts sent to non-Jim Jordan voters came from supporters within their own party, and the Capitol Police has been investigating the origins of these texts. A few of the texts were shared with the media to illustrate the severity of the attempts to flip votes.
It is one thing to target Congress members, but targeting family members is way out of line. “The wife of Representative Don Bacon of Nebraska has begun sleeping with a loaded gun after receiving increasingly menacing anonymous calls and texts.”
The infighting continues as have the threats, pushing votes away from Jordan and the Congressmen and women were not having it. In fact, they were pretty clear about being even less likely to vote for him, and the attempts were publicized via many distribution channels. Miller-Meeks (R-IA) sent out the following press release regarding the bullying.
Jim Jordan Lost Support in Round Two
Despite continuing to lose votes and making matters worse, Jordan believes he can change that. Here is the summary of the second round of voting:
Have any of these Republican Congress men and women consulted with their constituents about how they would like to be represented? Jim Jordan was not well liked by most Republican voters, especially the ones who are the traditional conservatives and moderates. If anyone is up for re-election in 2024, these Jim Jordan backers may be in for a rude awakening.
The third round of voting for Speaker of the House is set to resume Friday, October 20th at 10AM Eastern Time.
Here are some links to YouTube livestreams that have broadcasted the voting live: