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U.S. House Speaker chaos continues; Lesko supports Scalise for role

By Ben Giles
Published: Monday, October 9, 2023 - 5:37pm

Debbie Lesko
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U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko speaking with attendees at an event in Peoria, Arizona, in March 2022.

Congress remains at a standstill, as Republicans in Washington have yet to choose a replacement for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio has the backing of former President Donald Trump. Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, meanwhile, has endorsed Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise.

But it’s unclear if either candidate can win the votes of the majority in the chamber, let alone the majority of the Republican caucus.

“I don’t know. I don’t know what’s gonna happen,” Lesko said. “And so, we’ll see what’s next. I don’t know.”

Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva warns that if Republicans elect an uncompromising conservative leader, little will change in a deadlocked House. 

“The ability to compromise requires us to talk to each other, and to keep your word,” Grijalva said.

Republicans are scheduled to hold an internal election for a new speaker on Wednesday.

Raúl Grijalva speaks near the Grand Canyon
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Raúl Grijalva speaks near the Grand Canyon at the national monument designation ceremony on Aug. 8, 2023.

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