House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz’s announcement last week that he might soon resign from Congress has triggered a behind-the-scenes battle for one of the highest-profile chairmanships on Capitol Hill. And the power vacuum has the potential to cause GOP leaders serious heartburn.
Right now the favorite for the post is Jim Jordan, one of the top conservatives in the house. However, some are unsure whether or not Jordan can win due to his rocky relationship with GOP leadership -- who have a powerful say in the matter:
But sources told POLITICO that they’re not sure Jordan can win the post, and not just because of his rocky relationship with GOP leaders. Many members of the House Steering Committee that chooses chairmen — and is composed entirely of leadership loyalists — don’t like him, either.
GOP leaders and their allies are so worried about a Jordan candidacy that they've begun buttonholing Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) — the former chairman of the House Benghazi Committee and a dark-horse candidate for the Oversight post — to run, according to multiple House sources. While Gowdy often jokes that he hates the high-profile nature of his job and would rather be home watching Hallmark movies with his wife, insiders say he is now considering a bid.
Gowdy's congressional office declined to comment on the matter. American Action News will stay on top of this possibility as we know a large contigency of our readers are huge Trey Gowdy fans. Stay tuned...