Threats fly as Jim Jordan’s bid to be US House Speaker turns ugly
Republican lawmakers allege that they’ve faced intimidation tactics, including receiving death threats, from supporters of Jim Jordan as his campaign for the speakership of the U.S. House of Representatives encounters obstacles.
Jordan lost a second vote for the gavel on Wednesday. Several Republicans told reporters that they had been subjected to a pressure campaign by his supporters.
Jordan, a right-wing Republican from Ohio, disavowed the harassment.
A right-wing revolt from within the party in October saw the last Speaker – Republican Kevin McCarthy ousted.
Iowa Republican Marianne Miller-Meeks wrote in a statement on Wednesday that she had “received credible death threats and a barrage of threatening calls” after switching her vote to an alternative to Jordan.
“One thing I cannot stomach, or support is a bully,” she wrote.