Mace says anti-McCarthy Republicans will take punishment if it means Jordan is speaker
Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, lost the third vote this week to be speaker and succeed former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
The U.S. House Republicans who voted this month to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy say they'll face the consequences for their vote if it means Jim Jordan's GOP critics will elect him speaker.
That punishment could include censure or getting removed from the House GOP Conference, one of the eight who voted to boot McCarthy, U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, told reporters Friday in Washington.
"If that's what our colleagues want to do for us standing on principle, then do it," the South Carolina congresswoman said.
Mace later posted a photo of the letter to the platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
She wrote next to it, "Throw stones at me, it's fine. This is about keeping promises, leadership, and doing the right thing for the people we represent."
For the third time this week, on Friday Ohio's Jordan failed to get enough votes to be elected speaker.
Jordan received 194 votes to House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries' 210 votes. Another 25 members, all Republicans, voted for someone else.
Freshman Rep. Russell Fry, of Myrtle Beach, told Fox Business Friday that his constituents want Jordan, and want the House to "get back to work."
That sentiment was echoed by Mace.
"The people want Jim Jordan, and that's who they want," said Mace, who, earlier this month said she voted to fire McCarthy over his failure to keep promises, particularly around legislation she pushed on issues related to women.
McCarthy has disputed Mace's allegations.
Instead of backing Jordan, Mace said Friday that "some of our colleagues are putting personal politics ahead of the people, and we have a huge opportunity to change the direction of our conference, to change direction of our country."
A number of Jordan holdouts reportedly have received threats over their vote.
Asked about those threats, Mace told reporters Friday she has received threats as well, calling it a "reflection of the times that we're in."
"It breaks my heart that some of my colleagues are going through this,
she said. "I go through this almost every single day."
With North Carolina's Rep. Patrick McHenry acting as temporary speaker, the chamber took a recess after the vote and the House GOP Conference held a secret vote over Jordan's candidacy.
Jordan lost the conference vote, opening back up the speaker's race.
The House GOP Conference is "in a very bad place right now," McCarthy told reporters.