WAPAKONETA — “If the whole world were like west central Ohio, we’d be just fine,” U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, said to the Wapakoneta Rotary during a visit to the region Monday. “Unfortunately, it’s not.”
Jordan spent his 30 minutes at the podium discussing national trends and how he would change how Congress conducts business if he were to be selected Speaker of the House.
“Our leadership just forfeited and said, ‘Let’s just do what the swamp always does. Let’s spend more money on everything,’ and well, here we are,” Jordan said.
When asked for clarifications from the crowd if he was referring to current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Jordan clarified, calling Ryan a “good guy” and a “friend” while citing lack of political will and aggressiveness by his conservative colleagues.
“The American people put us in power — in control of the House, the Senate and the White House. Repeal Obamacare, replace it with with something more patient-centered and build a border security wall. Now, we just haven’t got it done. And that’s what’s driving me crazy,” Jordan said.
“If you try to do what the voters elected you to do, you will get attacked,” Jordan said. “Look at what’s happening to Brett Kavanaugh. I know what it’s like to be attacked over the last summer. There are things that have been said about me that were not true.”
Jordan is referring to recent allegations made by former Ohio State University wrestlers, who say that Jordan failed to report multiple instances of sexual groping by the team’s then physician, the deceased Dr. Richard Strauss. Jordan served as an assistant wrestling coach at OSU during Dr. Strauss’s employment with the university, and he has repeatedly denied any knowledge of Strauss’s actions.
“I tell my buddies all the time that if the press isn’t saying something bad about you, you’re not doing any good,” Jordan said. “That’s the way it works. That’s just the way it works.
“You have to make a choice when you get there: Are you fighting for folks back home who gave you the privilege to serve? Or fighting for the folks in Washington who can make life easier for you if you do what they want to do?
“And a lot of people say it’s just easier in Washington. The press doesn’t attack you as much. You do what your leadership wants — you get better committee assignments, you get to be chairman, you get to raise more PAC [political action committee] money. It’s just how it works.”
“Sometimes, it’s easier to go along with the swamp,” Jordan said.
Jordan will face an uphill battle against California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the frontrunner for the Speaker of the House position, if Republicans can hold the House of Representatives this November.
“Almost every major conservative organization in the country has endorsed us. When they survey their membership, it’s 95 to 5, Club for Growth, 97 to 3, Media Research Center, 98 to 2, Tea Party Patriots, 99.2 to 0.8 in Freedom Works. So I’ve been shocked at the grassroots support. Conservative leaders like (Sean) Hannity, (Mark) Levin, (Lou) Dobbs have endorsed us. So it’s been great. Look, we’re not the favorite, I understand that, but the momentum is in our direction,” Jordan said.
“It’s probably the first time it’s been tried, where you in essence try to nationalize a student council election. We’re working on that, but I’m also working hard to help us keep the majority. I think we need to nationalize this campaign.”
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