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POL Jim Jordan Wins Oversight Leading Role for House GOP in Surprise Move!
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    14 Jim Jordan Wins Oversight Leading Role for House GOP in Surprise Move!

    Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) abruptly stepped aside on Thursday to allow his House Freedom Caucus ally, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), to run uncontested for the ranking member role on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- a position that he won.

    Jordan, who won the race with no other competitors to challenge him, is expected to be a fierce defender of President Trump when Democrats take control of the panel next Congress. They are expected to become involved in a series of investigations into the Trump administration.

    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and two GOP lawmakers on the steering committee confirmed that Jordan won.

    "The steering committee unanimously selected Jim Jordan to be our next ranking member. And I think he's going to do a great job and thought that it was a good move by the committee," Scalise told The Hill. "You never know what good things will happen along the way in these interviews."

    The move is a stunning turn of events amid buzz that Meadows was vying uncontested for the role in the lead up to the steering committee vote.

    Meadows arrived to the steering committee carrying a binder, which likely contained a layout of his vision for the panel. And part way into the meeting, Jordan entered the closed door meeting.

    Jordan then confirmed to reporters that Meadows had pulled out of the race and that he had declared his interest.

    "I just talked to them about the OGR ranking member position. The committee is discussing what they are going to do," Jordan told reporters. "I just went in and told them I am interested in the position."

    When asked if Meadows was running, Jordan replied: "No, he is not."

    Meadows at the time, however, declined to say that he was not running.

    Jordan, the senior-most member on the Oversight committee, earlier in the day dropped out of the race for the House Judiciary Committee amid concerns he would not make it through the steering committee.

    But by running in this particular race for Oversight, Jordan didn’t face the stiff competition he would’ve had if he chose to run for Judiciary, in which Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) -- who won the GOP leadership role there -- already appeared to be the clear favorite among GOP leadership and the steering committee.

    Leading up to the steering committee vote on Oversight, it appeared Meadows was a shoo-in.

    Members of the House Freedom Caucus — who have earned a reputation for being a thorn in leadership’s side — have faced an uphill battle in securing chairmanships. The group of hardline conservatives has long been pushing for better committee assignments and top positions on panels.

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    Jordan to Lead Oversight GOP, Collins to Lead Judiciary

    House Republicans have named Reps. Jim Jordan and Doug Collins to be President Donald Trump's top defenders on two key investigative panels next Congress, closing out several weeks of intense jockeying for the high profile positions.

    The Republican Steering Committee, which chooses committee leaders, unanimously elected Jordan to be the top Republican on the Oversight Committee after his friend, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, withdrew his bid for the job at the last minute.

    The two men had settled on a plan weeks ago that Jordan would seek the ranking Republican job on the House Judiciary Committee — the panel that deals with impeachment — while Meadows (R-N.C.) would go for Oversight.

    But on Wednesday, Jordan withdrew his Judiciary bid after it became clear to the Ohio Republican that Collins (R-Ga.) would win the position.

    Senior Republicans expected that Jordan (R-Ohio), after realizing he wouldn't get the Judiciary post, would go for the Oversight Committee, where he is next in line for the job in seniority.

    But just hours before the vote, Meadows had not withdrawn his campaign for the job, creating an awkward dynamic between two men who are best friends and have worked together for years to thwart their party’s leadership.

    The episode created a last minute shuffle for the GOP.

    Even as Republicans were huddling Thursday morning to vote on ranking member positions, Jordan’s office would not confirm whether he was gunning for the Oversight post. But Meadows was still expected to present to the Steering Committee in the afternoon on why he should get the job.

    Then, when it came time for presentations before Steering, Meadows bowed out suddenly and Jordan was summoned to answer questions about whether he wanted the job. He said he did. And Steering elected him.

    Collins, meanwhile, easily claimed the Judiciary position. Close with GOP leadership, and with a wealth of legislative achievements, Collins had been working behind the scenes to lock down the votes for more than half a year.

    Trump had leaned on incoming House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to make some sort of deal with Jordan and McCarthy on committee posts. But even his reach has limits on Capitol Hill.

    >>>>> On the Internet you can be anything you want. It's so strange that many people choose to be stupid. <<<<<

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    Jorden is a good guy...a fellow Ohio guy. He will do a great job, as conservative as he is.
    A socialist will trample over one hundred poor people just for the chance to throw a rock at a rich man.

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    America, The Beautiful


    I think Jim Jordan will do a great job! I like Mark Meadows also, but Jordan is a scrapper.
    “When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” - Ronald Reagan


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