Kristi Noem says 'there’s an 80% chance' Jim Jordan will replace Kevin McCarthy

 October 5, 2023

In a never-before-seen-move, eight members of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's own party voted with Democrats to oust him.

While it is far from clear who McCarthy's replacement will be, South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem says she has a solid guess. 

"There’s an 80% chance it’s gonna be Jim Jordan"

According to the Daily Caller, Noem told Newsmax host Eric Bolling during an interview on Wednesday that Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan is the most likely candidate.

"I think you know, there’s a lot of people that are considering throwing their hat into the ring for this leadership position," Noem began.

"To be honest with you Eric, there’s an 80% chance it’s gonna be Jim Jordan. I think he’s probably the guy that most members will land on and give the chance to do it," she continued.

Noem: GOP needs someone who will "fight when it’s important"

Noem acknowledged that being speaker is "a very difficult job" and recalled how "when John Boehner resigned, everybody rallied around Paul Ryan filling that role."

"I know it was incredibly difficult for him and he didn’t leave in the best of circumstances with the same reputation that he had before he was speaker, so I do know that it’s a challenging job," she stressed.

"I feel like whoever they choose, there’s a bit of setting them up to fail because the expectations are so high," the governor lamented.

She concluded by saying that Republicans need "someone who’s proven that they’ll fight when it’s important" and "who will investigate the corruption in Washington, D.C."

Trump says he is willing to temporarily serve as House speaker

Fox News reported that for his part, Jordan has already declared his candidacy is approaching other House members in search of support.

"Jim Jordan made a good presentation," the network quoted New York Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis as saying on Wednesday.

"Probably one of his strengths is that… he’s probably most likely to be able to bring everyone together because of his relationships with both the Freedom Caucus and moderates, and the conservatives in between," she argued.

Meanwhile, Fox News also reported that former President Trump has indicated that he is ready to temporarily serve as speaker for "a short period" while Republicans look for a permanent replacement.

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