Rep. Jim Jordan leaving open possibility of Senate run in Ohio
Rep. Jim Jordan may not be bucking the notion of a future Senate run.
The Ohio Republican did not dismiss the possibility of running for outgoing Sen. Rob Portman’s seat in 2022 when asked Monday on Newsmax.
“I mean, we’ll see,” Jordan said when asked about a potential candidacy by host Sean Spicer, who is a former White House press secretary.
Jordan then turned to his goals in his capacity as a congressman, namely his desire to see former President Donald Trump acquitted of his recent impeachment charge.
“Frankly, what I’m focused on, Sean, is this crazy impeachment trial. I mean, the Democrats have been trying to remove President Trump from office before he got there. Now, they’re trying to remove him after he’s left, so this is crazy, and that’s what we’re focused on,” he said.
If he were to throw his name into the ring, Jordan would likely face steep competition for the open seat. At least one fellow House member, Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, has already signaled interest in pursuing a Senate run.
“I’m overwhelmed by supporters who are reaching out to encourage me to run for Senate,” Ryan tweeted Monday afternoon. “I haven’t made a decision yet but I’m looking seriously at it. Ohio deserves leaders who fight for working people.”
Portman, a 10-year veteran of the upper chamber, previously served as a representative of Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District from 1993 to 2005 and both a United States trade representative and director of the Office of Management and Budget in the George W. Bush administration.
“Over the next two years, I look forward to being able to focus all my energy on legislation and the challenges our country faces rather than on fundraising and campaigning,” Portman said on Monday. “I decided to make my announcement now because I have made up my mind, but also because it will allow whichever Republicans who choose to run plenty of time to gear up for a statewide race.”