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Reeher Discusses the House Speaker Race, Republican Strife with The Hill, The Mirror and Newsweek

October 25, 2023

Newsweek,The Hill,The Mirror

Grant Reeher

Grant Reeher

Republicans are struggling to pick the next House leader after conservative hardliners ousted former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy over a short-term government funding deal he brokered with Democrats earlier in October. 

Representative Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who is a MAGA favorite, failed to garner enough support from the GOP's moderate wing to win a House vote. 

The situation has sparked questions about Republicans' ability to unite behind a single candidate as Congress faces a November 17 deadline to pass a series of appropriations bills to avert a government shutdown, which would impact millions of Americans, as well as pressure to pass new foreign aid bills for Ukraine and Israel.

“This kind of division is one we’ve seen for a very long time and so there is nothing new here. This was evident when McCarthy got the position in the first place—on the 15th vote—and that got a lot of attention,” Grant Reeher, professor of political science, tells The Hill.

Politically, this present infighting could have negative repercussions for the party as a whole come the 2024 elections. Reeher tells Newsweek he doesn't think history will look kindly at the situation based on threats to national security and wars in Israel and Ukraine requiring domestic input.

Reeher was also quoted in the following articles:

The Mirror: “Donald Trump court cases should 'disqualify' him from impending US President race,” “Kevin McCarthy's ousting means chances of government shutdown 'go up significantly'” and “Cher threatens to leave America if Donald Trump wins 2024 election amid fraud trial

Newsweek: “Democrats Join Republicans in Plan to Block Jim Jordan

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