Cheney says a Jordan speakership would cost GOP House majority
Former congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) warned Friday that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) ascending to become House Speaker could cost the party their majority in the chamber.
Driving the news: Jordan, a conservative hardliner endorsed by former President Trump, defeated Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) in an internal vote Friday, less than a day after Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) dropped out of the race.
- But Jordan will need to secure the 217 votes needed to win a speaker's race.
- The House remains without a speaker for the 10th day following Kevin McCarthy's historic ouster earlier this month.
- Scott's surprise candidacy Friday represented a protest from a sizable chunk of the House GOP who wouldn't vote for Jordan.
What she's saying: "Jim Jordan was involved in Trump's conspiracy to steal the election and seize power," Cheney said on X, formerly Twitter, ahead of a potential GOP nomination of Jordan as speaker. "He urged that [former Vice President] Pence refuse to count lawful electoral votes."
- She said Republicans would lose their House majority with a Jordan speakership, "and they'll deserve to," she added. Nominating him amounts to "abandoning the Constitution," she said.
Between the lines: Cheney, a former member of the House GOP leadership team and vice chair of the House Jan. 6 committee, lost her primary last year to a Trump-endorsed opponent, Rep. Harriet Hageman.
- She was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Several Republicans have said that Jordan was aware of and part of the conspiracy that led to the insurrection.
- Last year, Jordan listed demands for the Jan. 6 select committee to meet before he cooperated with its subpoena of him.
- "I have no relevant information that would advance any legitimate legislative purpose," he wrote at the time. "I had no responsibility for the security of the Capitol Complex on January 6."