Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) didn’t think House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) had a good chance of being elected Speaker of the House.
McCarthy claimed Scalise had a “big hill” to climb in order to become House Speaker. Scalise won the Republican vote for Speaker. The Republican from Louisiana got a greater number of votes than Jim Jordan (R-OH), who is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, but not enough to secure the position of Speaker.
“Many people thought he was likely to be at 150.” McCarthy said, “He was not there.” After that, he said, “Time is the thing of the essence.”
Punchbowl News said that in a lot of ways, Scalise’s fight to become Speaker is similar to McCarthy’s fight to become Speaker in January. However, Scalise has a shorter timeline, the resistance is growing, and the House Republican Conference is more angry than it was in January.
What Punchbowl wrote:
“To begin, it looks like Scalise is attempting to grind himself up to 217. After almost getting the GOP speaker vote this week, Scalise sent a wave of shills to call and persuade members who were supporting Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Scalise met with holdouts and those who did not vote last night in an effort to figure out why they were against him and how he could change their minds.”
It looks like Scalise’s bet is that if he gets the party’s nomination for speaker, Republicans will support him. But that’s not going to happen.”
Bradley Jaye of Breitbart News stated that more than 20 Republicans from a wide range of political views are against his bid and won’t be voting for the candidate on the House floor:
“Scalise now in some way has to gain the approval of a large majority of those who didn’t support him, but the amount of people who have already spoken out in opposition to him is more than sufficient to sink his candidacy.”
Representative Chip Roy (R-TX), who backed Jordan, stated on the Glenn Beck Radio Program, “We are in a game-time situation… who will be chosen to be the new face that represents the Republican Party?”
According to Breitbart News as well:
“Former President Trump is currently unlikely to endorse House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) for the speakership run against House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH).”
“Trump, whose 2024 candidacy Scalise didn’t endorse, isn’t likely to assist Scalise whip the necessary votes to be elected speaker because ‘loyalty serves as a two-way street,’ three individuals close to the former president informed the Messenger earlier in the week.”