As Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan inches closer to securing the speaker’s gavel, he has been working to allay concerns from the more establishment wing of the GOP about how his speakership could hinder their ability to raise campaign cash and keep the House majority next year.
Several Republican lawmakers, aides and operatives told CNN they worry Jordan’s brand of flame-throwing politics – and his role trying to help Donald Trump overturn the 2020 election – could be a liability in key swing districts and turn off major donors.
One GOP fundraiser, who has raised money for past Republican speakers, told CNN that they have vowed not to raise money for Jordan if he becomes the speaker. The fundraiser also said multiple GOP donors have indicated that they wouldn’t cut big checks for the party and would rather invest in trying to flip the Senate than take a bet on the House, which they see as a far riskier proposition if Jordan is holding the gavel.
“We’re gonna have to pitch to major donors why we’re worth investing in,” one GOP operative told CNN.
Added a Republican lawmaker who is still on-the-fence about Jordan: “It’s a genuine concern he doesn’t play well in purple districts.”
During a closed-door conference meeting Monday evening, GOP R