The Columbus Dispatch reports that Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) “open defiance” of Speaker John Boehner may cost him his seat in the November 2012 elections. According to “two Republican sources deeply involved in configuring new Ohio congressional districts,” Jordan’s “boneheadedness” in leading far-right Republicans away from supporting Boehner’s debt deal makes eliminating his district “the easiest option for everybody.” Jordan’s district, with of 11 counties and a 60 percent Republican voter index, “is easy to cannibalize because it stretches so far,” said one source.
Addressing the story on his radio show this afternoon, conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity called the potential retribution against Jordan “disgraceful.” Listen here:
The National Review reports Boehner’s response to the article: “Jim Jordan and I may not always agree on strategy, but we are friends and allies, and the word retribution is not in my vocabulary. I look forward to continuing to serve with him in the U.S. House after the redistricting process in Ohio is complete, and for many years to come.”
Jordan released a statement: ““We would hope that standing strong in favor of lower spending and balancing the federal budget would not be a reason to eliminate the district of a sitting member of Congress,” Jordan said in his statement.”