The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, may be redistricted out of his House seat for the RSC’s activities against House Speaker John Boehner’s debt ceiling plan. Some tidbits:
Two Republican sources deeply involved in configuring new Ohio congressional districts confirmed to The Dispatch today that Jordan’s disloyalty to Boehner has put him in jeopardy of being zeroed out of a district.
“Jim Jordan’s boneheadedness has kind of informed everybody’s thinking,” said one of the sources, both of whom spoke only on condition of anonymity. “The easiest option for everybody has presented itself.”
Jordan’s rural 11-county district, which has a 60 percent Republican voter index, “is easy to cannibalize because it stretches so far,” said the other source.
Ohio is losing congressional districts due to population shifts and Republicans in Columbus had been struggling to redraw the map in a way that preserves all the GOP-held seats. “He doesn’t know it, but he solved a problem for Republican line-drawers by (figuratively) standing up and saying, ‘I’m a jerk and I deserved to be punished,'” one source told the Dispatch.
Jordan responded on Twitter, saying he would be interested to hear people’s thoughts on an article suggesting he could be punished for opposing the Boehner plan.
UPDATE: Boehner denies supporting this move: “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.”
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