Speak your own convictions, do what the voters elected you to do, and get the whole of the Republican establishment finding a way to send you home permanently. How discouraging is this report? Congressman Jim Jordan R-OH-4th, who helped craft the popular Cut, Cap and Balance is being threatened with redistricting for his “boneheadedness.” Jordan’s district borders Boehner’s district.
Jim Jordan’s open defiance of Speaker John Boehner’s efforts to solve the debt-ceiling crisis could cost the Urbana Republican his safe House seat in next year’s election.
Two Republican sources deeply involved in configuring new Ohio congressional districts confirmed to The Dispatch today that Jordan’s disloyalty to Boehner has put him in jeopardy of being zeroed out of a district.
“Jim Jordan’s boneheadedness has kind of informed everybody’s thinking,” said one of the sources, both of whom spoke only on condition of anonymity. “The easiest option for everybody has presented itself.”
Jordan’s rural 11-county district, which has a 60 percent Republican voter index, “is easy to cannibalize because it stretches so far,” the other source said…
“He doesn’t know it, but he solved a problem for Republican line-drawers by (figuratively) standing up and saying, ‘I’m a jerk and I deserve to be punished,’ ” said one of the sources.
So there is no good reason to redistrict, other than establishment wanting him gone. Be damned the voters!
Redistricting may be a price Jordan will have to pay, but Boehner will have to pay a price as well. As one prominent outside conservative emailed, followed by several others in separate emails, “This is war.”
Mike Pence, Jeb Hensarling, and other former RSC Chairmen now have a time for their own choosing. Do they side with the Speaker, or with the conservatives they once led in the RSC who continue to fight for the limited government they have fought for in the past.
You might want to call Mike Pence in particular and see if he might reconsider and stand, instead, with the conservative band of brothers he himself led into battle against so many bad policies of the Bush Administration.
This would be a hell of a note to leave the House on.
His number is 202 225-3021.