WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ohio Representative Jim Jordan (R- OH) is out in the running for Speaker of the House. On the third floor vote on Friday, Jordan lost even more support than he had in the previous two votes. Republican members are growing more frustrated that their conference can’t reach a consensus.
Rep. Jack Bergman (R- MI) told WZMQ he is still up for volunteering to take over as Speaker of the House until the conference reaches a final decision on who should be the next Speaker. Bergman is disappointed not all of his republican colleagues weren’t there on the floor for the Friday vote. He adds that it’s their duty and their place of assignment right now to elect a new Speaker. Bergman, who is a former Lt. General in the Marine Corps, said it’s like when you’re on a battlefield you don’t walk off and go on vacation; you have to face your commitment. He wants to be here until they’re done electing a new Speaker. Bergman said he is still throwing his hat in the ring as Speaker until the conference can reach a final decision.
“I’m not a real big volunteer at life because that usually gets you in trouble but I signed up to serve and I volunteered for the Marine Corps in 1966, I think is when I inked the dotted line, and I volunteered to serve the constituents of the first district seven years ago,” said Rep. Bergman. “I will volunteer to step up until properly relieved.”
WZMQ also asked Bergman if he’s making calls about his proposal as Speaker but he is not saying too much on that. He only said there’s a lot of things going on behind the scenes. As of now, the House is breaking for the weekend. Republicans are set to regroup on Monday and start from scratch.