Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, fighting claims he turned a blind eye to alleged sexual abuse by a team doctor at Ohio State University three decades ago, said Tuesday he is still thinking about running as House speaker, The Hill reported.
“If and when there’s a speaker’s race, I plan on being a part of the discussion,” Jordan told the news outlet.
Fourteen former Ohio State wrestlers have come to Jordan’s defense, along with the congressman’s House colleagues.
“I feel that Jim is a very honest and ethical person and always acted in the best interest of our teammates,” said former OSU wrestler Lenny Schork in a statement, per The Washington Post. “I feel that trying to make this political in any way devalues even more the people who were personally affected by this.”
Jordan, the founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, is an influential conservative congressman who has been praised by colleagues, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. Both McCarthy and Scalise are possible candidates for speaker.
“Jim Jordan is a man of integrity and honor who always fights for the underdog,” Meadows said, per The Hill. “His reputation with us has been built with me over the last six years. Any story that would suggest that he is someone who is not willing to fight for those who have been disadvantaged is just not accurate based on the man I’ve come to know and admire.”
Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University from 1987 to 1995. He told The Hill he wants to see justice served if there were victims.
“The investigation is going on, and if there were people who were harmed, they deserve justice,” he said.
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