Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and a staunch ally of President Trump, said Wednesday that he would challenge Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to become House minority leader.
Jordan announced the move, which was expected, during an interview with Hill.TV just hours after Republicans lost control of the House in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
During the interview, Jordan criticized current GOP leadership and said the party needs to fight harder for its principles.
“Now that we’re in the minority, that’s about all what we can do is debate, but fight hard in the debate for the principles, for the things that we know the American people sent us here to do in 2016,” he said. “Show them that we deserve to be back in power in 2020.”
McCarthy, currently the House majority leader, is widely considered the front-runner to take over the top GOP spot with the upcoming retirement of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). Only Republicans will choose the minority leader while all members of Congress get a vote for speaker.