(SNews) – After pushing Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) out of the race, Republicans are now moving to elect former George Soros spokesman Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) as speaker of the House.
Emmer currently serves as the House Majority Whip.
He has already been endorsed for the top job by former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
The preparations to usher in Emmer come after GOP members secretly voted to remove Jordan as a candidate for speaker on Friday.
“He is the right person for the job,” McCarthy said.
“He can unite the conference.
“He understands the dynamics of the conference.
“He also understands what it takes to win and keep a majority.”
🚨BREAKING — KEVIN MCCARTHY is endorsing TOM EMMER for speaker.
"He is the right person for the job. He can unite the conference. He understands the dynamics of the conference. He also understands what it takes to win and keep a majority."
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 20, 2023
However, McCarthy failed to mention that Emmer was previously a paid spokesman for leftist billionaire George Soros’ organization The National Popular Vote.
The National Popular Vote campaign launched in 2006 to support efforts to overhaul the Electoral College by passing laws that commit state electors to the candidate who wins the national popular vote, according to the New York Post.
About five years after the initiative’s launch, Emmer took a job as one of the group’s paid spokespeople.
“I believe it’s going to end up favoring Republicans … if you believe in our message,” Emmer said in a 2011 video interview posted on the website of Pennsylvania public affairs firm Triad Strategies.
President Donald Trump opposed Emmer’s nomination as House speaker in private discussions with the Republican caucus, according to reports.
“Trump on Friday privately expressed his opposition to supporters,” Just The News reported.
“Citing persons familiar with the discussions, the outlet relayed Trump’s concerns that Emmer did not hold a favorable opinion of him, had criticized him for the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, and did not come to his defense amid the multiple criminal indictments he faces.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) declared that he will vote for Trump as speaker.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen here right now but right now my vote is for is going to be for Donald J. Trump,” he said Friday.
Troy Nehls plans to vote for Donald Trump during the next Speaker vote:
"I don’t know what’s going to happen here right now but right now my vote is for is going to be for Donald J. Trump.” pic.twitter.com/21LMKqJ4kA
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) October 20, 2023
On Saturday, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) also announced his candidacy for speaker.
I am running to become the next Speaker of the House.
We need to:
🇺🇸 Secure our border
🇺🇸 Fund our government responsibly
🇺🇸 Advance our conservative agenda
🇺🇸 Expand our Republican majority
Let’s get to work! pic.twitter.com/a7jmeDYzvV
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) October 21, 2023
The House has been without a speaker for over two weeks.
McCarthy was removed after Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) filed a motion to vacate the chair.