>> Conservative Republican, Jim Jordan, said Thursday, he will run for the Speaker of the House if his party keeps the majority after the midterms. Reuter's James Oliphant.>> Well, Jim Jordan is one of the most influential members of the House. He's a member of what's known as the House freedom caucus.
That's the group of arch-conservatives, who have been a thorn in house speaker, Paul Ryan's side, for years. And in fact it's one of the reasons why Ryan is walking away from the speakership. These house freedom caucus members, they like being the fly in the ointment. Whether it's healthcare, whether it's tax cuts.
They don't like spending. They want offsets in every piece of legislation. And they make it difficult for house republicans to find a consensus on a whole range of issues, like immigration is a terrific example.>> Jordan's running at an unusual time as he's facing a brewing scandal over allegations that he ignored reports of sexual abuse by an athletic doctor during his time as an Ohio State University wrestling coach.
Jordan has denied the allegations.>> If there had been any reports of abuse, I would have reported it.>> He's also one of a group of members who drew up articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller investigation.>> So counsel, we started asking for information in July of last year.
>> A move Paul Ryan shot down. Ryan, who's not running again for his seat, has thrown his support behind House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to replace him, should the GOP maintain power. McCarthy has been building strong ties with President Donald Trump, who could also tilt the race. In any case, Jordan's bid is likely to fail.
>> Well why would Jordan run for a job that he probably isn't going to get? Well, conservatives in the house are always complaining about having, basically, a lack of respect. They want to increase their influence, they want chairmanships. And so this race that Jordan is running, that might be a way for him to get some kind of leverage going forward.
>> In a letter to his colleagues announcing his decision to run, Jordan writes that he plans to quote, bring real change to Congress, pursue deep federal spending cuts, a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and a complete shake up of the process for choosing committee heads.