Not surprisingly there is all kind of speculation about Jim Jordan’s future.
A few weeks ago The (Columbus) Dispatch reported there is talk of the 4th District congressman running against Gov. Mike DeWine in 2022. Both are Republicans, but Jordan’s among a group who think DeWine’s COVID-19 restrictions went too far. At one point he made fun of the governor’s 10 p.m. curfew, tweeting, “Starting Thursday in Ohio: Walk your dog at 9:59 p.m.? Covid free! Walk your dog at 10:01 p.m.? 90 days in jail.”
If the 57-year-old Jordan did choose to run for governor, it wouldn’t be the first time Allen County’s congressman has bucked a leading Republican. Remember his battles with Speaker of the House John Boehner? Yet, while Jordan is one of the few candidates who has the money to take on DeWine, it is a long shot he would engage in such a battle.
That brings us to rumor No. 2: Jordan vs. Democrat Sherrod Brown for the U.S. Senate. What a classic battle that would be — the ultra conservative against the ultra liberal. Can you imagine the TV ads that would spawn? Scary stuff. As much as the Republicans want to find a way to regain control of the Senate, this too is a long shot. To get an idea of Brown’s popularity across the state, consider that he is one of only two political candidates to defeat DeWine in any race, that happening in 2006 when Brown unseated then two-term “Senator DeWine.” Since 1980, DeWine is 19-2 in elections.
The third and final rumor: Jordan ditches the current Republican Party (it’s growing too moderate for him) and is part of a third party along with fellow conservative buddies and Donald Trump loyalists Mark Meadows and Ted Cruz. Laugh now, but this was the gang that gave the Freedom Caucus its muscle. And if Trump can ward off impeachment — which no one really knows how impeachment would work since Trump’s no longer president — the much maligned two-party system could finally be history.
Which leads us to one question: Why would Jordan even want to do any of these three things? He’s unbeatable in his heavily Republican district. You’ve heard it said here before: A potted plant could run for election in Ohio’s 4th District, and as long as it had an “R” after it’s name, it would be assured victory. Jordan has been re-elected seven times in the district, all by hefty margins.
He’s also become quite powerful in a city where the powerful rule. He’s a national name now, often being seen on the cable TV political talk shows. Jordan was one of only a handful of Republicans who supported Trump to the end. Some see that as a badge of courage, others as the foolishness of blind loyalty.
The truth is, Jordan doesn’t have to do anything. If people believe he’s damaged goods from being Trump’s defender-in-chief, they could never be so wrong.
Jim Jordan is a fighter. A survivor. And a savvy politician.
He is the one person the Republican Party can put in the ring and he’ll go 15 rounds.
Jordan is all about a strong national defense, a reduction in taxes, securing the borders and protecting the Constitution. He was that way when first elected to Congress in 2006 and remains so today.
Love him or hate him, wishy-washy he isn’t. Not many politicians can claim the same.
Look for Jordan to remain a force in Congress.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.