New York Repub­li­cans sup­port Lee Zeldin in House speak­er protest vote

Lee Zeldin may have left Con­gress to mount a failed run for gov­er­nor of New York, but a trio of home-state Repub­li­cans want him back in the House — this time as speak­er.
Reps. Antho­ny D’E­s­pos­i­to (R‑NY), Andrew Gar­bari­no (R‑NY), and Nick LaLota (R‑NY) cast their bal­lots for Zeldin in the first round of vot­ing on Tues­day as Repub­li­cans strug­gle to coa­lesce around a replace­ment for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R‑CA) as speak­er.
The bal­lots amount­ed to a protest vote. Each rep­re­sents swing dis­tricts where the right­ward lurch of their con­fer­ence threat­ens their seats in the low­er cham­ber next year. The elec­tion of Rep. Jim Jor­dan (R‑OH), a hard-right bomb throw­er who won the GOP nom­i­na­tion on Fri­day, w …