August 6, 2018

If Republicans hold the House in November, sexual abuse enabler Jim Jordan's campaign to be the next Speaker of the House is looking more and more credible. Jordan seems to be the MAGA people's choice:

There were a number of moments in President Donald Trump’s freewheeling speech, in a suffocatingly hot high school gymnasium on Saturday night, that broke the humid haze over the crowd, sending them into uproarious cheers....

But the one that seemed to send the crowd into a euphoric tailspin was Trump inviting Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) onstage.

"Jim Jordan, how great is he?" Trump said. "What a great defender he's been, what courage. He's a brave, tough cookie."

Chants of “Speaker of the House,” erupted from the bleachers as the conservative lawmaker came to the podium.

He's vigorously backed by the Koch-founded, Tea Party-linked group FreedomWorks.

Ted Cruz backs his bid for Speaker. So does Jordan's House colleague Ron DeSantis, the Trump-endorsed front-runner in the race for Florida's Republican gubernatorial nomination.

It appears that no matter how many former Ohio State wrestlers come forward to charge Jordan with turning a blind eye to sexual assault in the school's wrestling program, he's going to evade responsibility -- and he really could be Speaker by this time next year.

So this shouldn't be limited to Ohio races:

Democrats are borrowing from the Republican playbook in a new ad ahead of Tuesday's Ohio special election to tie the GOP candidate to the embattled Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan.

A new, five-figure, digital spot released by American Bridge admonishes Republican Troy Balderson over not releasing a stance on Jordan's bid for House speaker....

"Seven former student athletes say Jim Jordan turned a blind eye to sexual abuse at Ohio State," the ad's narrator says. Does Troy Balderson stand with the victims or with Jim Jordan?"

They try to tie every Democrat to the (non-scandal-plagued) Nancy Pelosi, so we should put them all on record, all over the country. We should ask every Republican House candidate, and every member of the House who's running for another office: Where do you stand on abuse enabler Jim Jordan's campaign for Speaker?

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