(CNSNews.com) – A new poll by the grassroots organization Tea Party Patriots shows that 98.4% of its supporters would like to see conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, should the Republicans hold onto Congress after the mid-term elections in November.
“Since the birth of the Tea Party movement, our supporters have consistently demanded two things – that our political leaders keep their promises, and that they act in Washington the way they act back home, when they’re running for reelection,” said Jenny Beth Martin, the honorary chairman of Tea Party Patriots Action.
“Jim Jordan is one such leader,” she said. “Over a dozen years in Congress, he has shown that what you see is what you get, that he is the same man in Washington that he is back home. He has demonstrated he has the courage and the spine and the willingness to stand up to the special interests, and even his own party establishment, to keep his word.”
“As those who have followed Tea Party Patriots know, we are a grassroots organization,” said Martin. “That means we actually take our lead from our supporters. When there’s a legislative or a policy or a political issue to be decided, we ask them what they want us to do.”
“Not surprisingly, when we asked them if we should support Jim Jordan’s bid for the Speakership, their response was overwhelmingly positive – in fact, 98.4 percent of the responses we got were positive,” she said.
“Consequently, we will be working at the grassroots level to support Rep. Jordan’s campaign for Speaker, and we look forward to working with him in that new role as we continue to push to enact President Trump’s legislative agenda – securing our borders, building the wall, fully repealing ObamaCare, overturning excessive regulation, and cutting taxes to create economic growth.”
Rep. Jordan, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, announced on July 26 his intention to run for Speaker, if the Republicans maintain control of the House after the elections.
Current Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) announced earlier this year that he is retiring in January. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has not declared that he will run for Speaker but he reportedly is running a stealth campaign for the job, trying to line up support.
Some of the Republicans who say they support Jordan for Speaker include Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.), Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Rep. Dave Brat (Va.), Rep. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The conservative group FreedomWorks has also announced its support for Jordan.
In a July 26 letter to Republican members of the House, Jordan said the GOP members should push for “actually repealing Obamacare,” reforming welfare across-the-board, building a real wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, making the 2017 tax cuts permanent, ending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, and “enacting meaningful, immediate spending cuts to ensure that we never see $1 trillion deficits.”
“We must keep control of the House,” he said. “I am committed to doing everything I can to help make that happen. That goal must be everyone’s top priority. After that, we can focus on filling the vacancy resulting from Speaker Ryan’s retirement from Congress.”
“At that time, I plan to run for Speaker of the House to bring real change to Congress.”
“Should the American people entrust us with the majority again in the 116th Congress, our clear mandate will be to continue working with President Trump to keep the promises we made, to stand up for the rule of law and the Constitution, and to put the interests of the people before those of the swamp.”
“President Trump has taken bold action on behalf of the American people,” said Jordan. “Congress has not held up its end of the deal, but we can change that. It’s time to do what we said.”
Jim Jordan, 54, is in his sixth term in Congress. He is married to Polly Jordan.