Boebert, Gaetz Will Negotiate To Secure Jordan As Speaker

As the House stands in recess until Tuesday without a Speaker, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) voiced her support for Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) pursuit of the top leadership role. Highlighting Jordan’s credibility, she expressed, “I’m willing to ditch the Motion To Vacate with @Jim_Jordan as Speaker.” This significant move comes at a time when several members of the GOP conference have publicly said they will refuse to vote for any Speaker unless the motion to vacate is eradicated.

The motion to vacate is a powerful tool, allowing any member of the House to propose the removal of the sitting Speaker. Last Monday, this rule came to the forefront when Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) initiated a resolution to declare the Speaker’s office vacant, targeting former Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Backed by a group of seven other GOP lawmakers, Gaetz voted with Democrats to remove McCarthy from his position.

Addressing this matter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hopes the next House Speaker eliminates the motion to vacate. He commented, “I think it makes the speaker’s job impossible.” Meanwhile, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) stressed the importance of the rule, providing a counter to McConnell’s perspective.

Meanwhile, Gaetz has also shared his thoughts on the potential change of House rules. He told Fox News Digital, “I’m leaning against changing our existing rules for any particular purpose.” However, the Florida representative also signaled an openness to discussions, adding, “I am open-minded and would be willing to hear anyone’s presentation if they were offering a rules change.”

Both Jordan and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) are now in the running for the Speaker’s chair following McCarthy’s ousting. Supporting Jordan’s candidacy, Boebert underscored his trustworthiness.

Gaetz has said he could enthusiastically support either Jordan or Scalise. “Both of these men would represent a monumental step forward for the Republican conference,” Gaetz stated, trusting their leadership capabilities. He highlighted his focus on fiscal responsibility and added, “In conference, I’ll make a decision based on spending.”

With the speaker race heating up and Jordan amassing support within the GOP conference, many wonder who could succeed him as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The committee currently holds significant influence, being at the helm of the impeachment inquiry against Joe Biden. Addressing these speculations, Gaetz touted Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) as a fitting candidate, noting, “The best person to take the Judiciary Committee if Jordan became speaker would be Mike Johnson. Because he’s a better lawyer than I am.”