Update: After Scalise received the nomination this afternoon, Meuser announced that he would be also supporting the Louisiana congressman in his bid for speaker.

U.S. Congressman Dan Meuser (R-9) endorsed Ohio’s Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House in a press release Tuesday evening, Oct. 10.

Meuser commended Jordan as well as the other leading contender, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, calling them both patriots and men of honor.

Meuser said that ultimately he is supporting Jordan because he feels the Ohio congressman represents the best option for positioning the GOP in 2024.

“The only way to achieve our goals of strengthening American national security and economic growth is by winning in 2024,” said Meuser. “Our next Speaker and Majority leader will play a key role in setting this policy course and in uniting us.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Republicans held a candidate forum earlier in the day Tuesday where Scalise and Jordan pitched their visions for the role of House Speaker. A vote is slated for today.

Scalise’s supporters argue he is the best unifying choice for the conference due to his emotional connection with many attendees, a bond formed after a near-fatal shooting at a congressional baseball practice in 2017. Jordan, on the other hand, accrues support mainly from representatives who appreciate his history of challenging the system, the Journal reported.

Find Meuser’s full statement below:

Although most of us disapproved of the unprecedented, and frankly unwarranted, removal of Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House, we must now elect a new Speaker. The leading candidates are Chairman Jim Jordan and Leader Steve Scalise. My good friend and RSC Chairman, Kevin Hern, has honorably removed himself from contention for the sole purpose of expeditiously unifying our Conference. Both Steve and Jim are outstanding Members of the House and great people. Both are patriots and men of honor. Both are very capable of performing at a high level as Speaker and each would set a conservative agenda which is in the interests of all Americans. The priorities I am personally advocating for moving forward include: (1) Passing a fiscally responsible, pro-growth budget. (2) Stopping the excessive, wasteful spending, and rooting out waste, abuse, and fraud from discretionary and mandatory spending. (3) We must continue to advocate for H.R. 1 — responsible American Energy Independence and dominance is crucial to our national security and economic strength. (4) Securing the border and implementing immigration reform policy. As a start, we should begin impeachment proceedings of Secretary Mayorkas who is deliberately not enforcing our nation’s illegal immigration laws. (5) Prosecute and weed out corruption, including the blatant and obvious Biden scandals. (6) We must through policy, execution, and factual, honest messaging earn the trust of the American voters, so we position ourselves to expand our majority in the House, gain the majority in the Senate, and win the all-important Presidential election. The only way to achieve our goals of strengthening American national security and economic growth is by winning in 2024. Our next Speaker and Majority leader will play a key role in setting this policy course and in uniting us. I do believe it’s imperative we have Jim Jordan in our Conference leadership. Therefore, I believe the best leadership team, moving forward, is Jim Jordan as Speaker and Steve Scalise as Majority Leader. These two men embody the leadership qualities that are essential to moving our party and nation forward.

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