- The Washington Times - Friday, January 6, 2023

Rep.-elect Matt Gaetz nominated fellow House Republican Jim Jordan again for speaker on the 12th ballot Friday.

The Florida congressman expressed a distrust of GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, whom he referred to as the “LeBron James of special interest funding” on the House floor.

Mr. Jordan was seen chatting with other members when he was nominated and had no reaction. He shortly left the chamber amid Mr. Gaetz’s speech, which led to other Republican members walking out.

Illinois Rep.-elect Mike Bost briefly interrupted him and addressed the clerk, though most of his comments were inaudible.

Mr. Jordan has expressed no interest in the position of speaker, encouraging his colleagues to support Mr. McCarthy.

Mr. Gaetz has been one of several holdouts against Mr. McCarthy and has expressed no interest in flipping his vote for him.

Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert, Colorado Republican, subsequently nominated Oklahoma Rep.-elect Kevin Hern for speaker.

Mr. McCarthy needs 218 votes for the gavel.

• Mica Soellner can be reached at msoellner@washingtontimes.com.

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