Third House speak­er hope­ful goes out on third vote: Wash­ing­ton Pho­tos of the Week

Third House speaker hopeful goes out on third vote: Washington Photos of the Week

The week start­ed off with a sense of opti­mism as Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R‑CA) sig­naled Rep. Jim Jor­dan (R‑OH) would ral­ly enough Repub­li­cans to become the next speak­er of the House.
But by Fri­day, Jor­dan suf­fered the same fate as McCarthy — fail­ing to secure the nec­es­sary votes to lead the frac­tured House GOP.
HOUSE GOP CONFERENCE VOTES TO ABANDON JORDAN AS SPEAKER NOMINEE
The House is now head­ing into a third week of paral­y­sis with­out a speak­er.
McCarthy’s ouster as speak­er on Oct. 3 gave way to the first closed-door inter­nal elec­tion for the gav­el with Rep. Steve Scalise (R‑LA) pre­vail­ing with the major­i­ty of the con­fer­ence’s vote. But he bowed out of the race when he real­ized he did­n’t have the 217 votes required to win.
Repub­li­cans then turned to Jor­dan, who want­ed a floor vote to cre­ate a lev­el of pub­lic pres­sure on the hold­outs. Twen­ty Repub­li­cans vot­ed against him on Tues­day in the first bal­lot. By Wednes­day, the num­ber of defec­tors grew to 22.
Jor­dan con­sid­ered an off-ramp by back­ing t …