[Ed. – Counting their chickens a bit.]
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, pledged Thursday to throw his support behind House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for Speaker if the House majority flips next year.
“I think everyone understands that if we take [the House] back, Kevin is going to be the Speaker. The president’s been clear about that,” Jordan told The Hill Thursday.
When asked specifically if he planned to support McCarthy, a one-time political rival, Jordan replied: “Yeah, when you lead the team back, I think you deserve — you earned it so that’s understood by just about everyone.”
The early and ringing endorsement comes as Jordan, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, is looking to jump leadership roles to the top GOP spot on the House Judiciary Committee.
Jordan is not hiding his interest in the post.