Conservative Rep. Jim Jordan says he's running for speaker
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-right Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio says he's running to become House speaker next year.
Jordan is a founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which has roughly 30 members.
His candidacy is seen as a long-shot but underscores hard-right dissatisfaction with GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring.
Jordan wrote to fellow Republicans that the party has disappointed voters by "caving so quickly" to Democrats. He says President Donald Trump has taken "bold action" but Congress hasn't fulfilled "its end of the deal."
Jordan used to coach wrestling at Ohio State University and has been interviewed by a law firm investigating allegations that a now-dead team doctor sexually abused male athletes there decades ago.
Jordan has denied claims he knew wrestlers were abused.
“Should the American people entrust us with the majority again in the 116th Congress, I plan to run for Speaker of the House to bring real change to the House of Representatives. President Trump has taken bold action on behalf of the American people. Congress has not held up its end of the deal, but we can change that. It’s time to do what we said.”
Editors Note: Michelle Macaluso contributed to this report.