Politico takesw a look at those lining up for the spot….
It was an anticlimactic ending for Jim Jordan on Friday. And minutes after the Republican conference booted the Ohio Republican as its speaker nominee, 86-112, the anticipated rush of alternative candidates began for the endlessly chaos-ridden House GOP.
Republicans have until Sunday at noon to submit their names for speaker, but more than a half-dozen are already making calls or floating their names: Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Budget Committee Chair Jodey Arrington (Texas), Republican Study Committee Chair Kevin Hern (Okla.), and Reps. Dan Meuser (Pa.) Austin Scott (Ga.), Jack Bergman (Mich.) and Byron Donalds (Fla.).
We expect several more to announce before the deadline. Republicans will return Monday night for a candidate forum, then a conference vote that’s likely to follow on Tuesday.
Here’s the important thing: None of those candidates is currently close to the near-total support in the GOP that’s needed to become speaker. And the sheer number of hopefuls jumping in is likely to only make it tougher for one to emerge with that support.
The further House Republicans go down their bench to lesser-known names, the more likely it is that their unprecedented speaker crisis drags past the one-month mark (it’s already more than halfway there).
“It’s probably impossible to announce a campaign for speaker in just a couple of days,” Rep. Nick LaLota (R-N.Y.) said. “The process took [Kevin] McCarthy and [Nancy] Pelosi and many others months and years to build a confidence [among] members to get across the finish line. And to try to do so in a week, it’s pretty futile.”
Emmer goes into the race with the deepest strongest built-in reservoir of goodwill, as a former National Republican Congressional Committee chief. But as POLITICO has reported, he also has Trump world problems that his skeptics are likely to use against him….
McHenry is now open to an upgrade to get things rolling since Jordan is NOT in the running anymore….
Acting Speaker Patrick McHenry for the first time Friday publicly said he’s open to a vote that would formally expand his powers as the top House Republican.
Such a vote, which centrist GOP lawmakers have been floating for more than a week, would allow legislative business to function in the lower chamber after 17 turbulent days without a speaker.
“If there’s a formalized vote for a speaker pro tem, it can be done,” McHenry told reporters after Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) failed to secure the gavel in a third ballot, losing even more votes than the previous two rounds.
When asked if he’d be open to that, McHenry responded: “Yes.”….