Jim Jordan, facing accusations of ignoring sexual abuse, faces political crisis
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, faces 4 troubles right now.
Investigators are trying to figure out who knew what about alleged sexual abuse about the Ohio State wrestling program when the Congressman served as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. Jordan&rsquos not accused of inappropriate conduct. But a number of, former wrestlers assert that Jordan was conscious of troubles involving the late-Dr. Richard Strauss. The wrestlers accuse Jordan of turning a blind eye to potential abuse. Jordan contends he wasn&rsquot conscious of problems.
In an exclusive interview with Fox&rsquos Bret Baier, Jordan argues that &ldquono one reported abuse to me. If they had, I would have dealt with it.&rdquo
So, right here are the four troubles for Jordan:
If Jordan truly wasn&rsquot in the loop, how does one particular prove they didn&rsquot know some thing 25 or 30 years ago? If sexual abuse was rampant in the Ohio State education rooms, why wasn&rsquot Jordan conscious as he served as assistant coach? Jordan may query the integrity of one accuser. But now there are other folks who make a persuasive case that Jordan knew something. Ultimately, what does this mean for Jordan on Capitol Hill?
Jordan&rsquos said he &ldquofeels sorry&rdquo for these leveling charges against him now.
&ldquoI know they know the truth,&rdquo mentioned Jordan of the guys he formerly coached.
But compared to the other wrestlers, there&rsquos no one for whom Jordan holds far more contempt than the initial accuser, Mike DiSabato. Jordan&rsquos method is to clearly discredit DiSabato.
&ldquoHe has a vendetta against Ohio State. He lost a licensing agreement. He&rsquos out to get Ohio State. Out to get our family. Threatening (former Ohio State linebacker) Chris Spielman&rsquos lawyer. He&rsquos got all sorts of lawsuits against him,&rdquo stated Jordan on Fox.
Court documents reveal that DiSabato is accused of harassing Spielman, former Buckeye quarterbacks Mike Tomczak & Craig Krenzel and other Ohio State athletic figures.
In one e mail obtained by Fox, DiSabato writes to Jordan, former OSU head wrestling coach Russ Hellickson and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. In the message, DiSabato states he&rsquos sent blind carbon copies of the missive to 250 former Ohio State athletes &ldquoWHO Were RAPED and/or sexually prayed upon every day.&rdquo
Fox spoke briefly with DiSabato Thursday. When asked why he was writing Jordan, DiSabato replied &ldquoto help him recognize that he necessary to step forward and to lead. To cut via the BS at Ohio State.&rdquo
But the issue is this for Jordan: DiSabato may possibly carry baggage. But there are numerous other wrestlers not named DiSabato who believe highly of Jordan. They say the Congressman was conscious of sexual misconduct and ought to speak up.
Jordan&rsquos also gone on the offensive against the law firm conducting the inquiry into prospective wrongdoing. Jordan criticized Perkins Coie as &ldquoHillary Clinton&rsquos law firm.&rdquo The Ohio Republican derided what seems to be a feeble work of the firm to initially make contact with him.
&ldquoWhen I have one particular of these hearings in Congress, every liberal finds our quantity,&rdquo Jordan told Bret Baier.
Fox is told that Jordan will probably talk to the firm subsequent week.
So it&rsquos one point for Jordan to stigmatize the tactics of Perkins Coie and sully their name with conservative bromides. That might energize some supporters to rally about Jordan at a time of crisis. But that brings us to Jordan&rsquos fourth dilemma. How does this concern seem to fellow Members of Congress?
In the Fox interview, Jordan alluded to chatter in the Ohio State education facilities.
&ldquoConversations in a locker area are a lot diverse than men and women coming up and speaking about abuse,&rdquo mentioned Jordan.
The line about the locker room jabbering caught the attention of several lawmakers with whom Fox spoke. The lawmakers, who asked that they not be identified, stated Jordan appeared to open the door rather than seal it hermetically.
&ldquoLook, you&rsquove got to take Jim at his word. He has often been simple even when we disagreed on tactics,&rdquo stated one particular senior Residence GOP supply. &ldquoBut have been they talking about an individual just becoming &lsquocreepy&rsquo in the locker space or something far more specific?&rdquo
One particular lawmaker recommended that lawmakers were &ldquocircling the wagons&rdquo and maintaining mum about Jordan. There&rsquos usually a fear among lawmakers about lending help to someone facing a prospective ethics problem &ndash especially on anything as precarious as sexual abuse which may possibly have involved student-athletes.
Lawmakers usually let their colleagues twist in the wind if the allegations are critical adequate. That may possibly not be fair, particularly in a case like this exactly where the facts are dubious at greatest. But it&rsquos the icy reality of Capitol Hill.
Most lawmakers have been capable to duck commenting on Jordan due to the July 4th Congressional recess.
&ldquoThey can hide now,&rdquo stated 1 GOP supply about lawmakers not wanting to weigh-in on Jordan. &ldquoBut they can&rsquot run from you all (in the press corps) when we&rsquore back next week.&rdquo
That&rsquos where this is make or break for Jordan. The Ohio Republican is the chairman emeritus of the conservative Home Freedom Caucus, weighing-in on important issues alongside existing chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). The dark cloud hovering over Jordan could be a distraction for the Freedom Caucus as its members operate on concerns like immigration, border safety and a looming government funding fight this fall.
Property Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., retires in January. Jordan&rsquos lately produced it clear he may run for Speaker or one more top tier Home Republican leadership post subsequent year. But the Ohio State allegations could make it not possible for Jordan to advance in the GOP leadership hierarchy.
If Jordan wants to be Speaker, Republicans have to keep manage of the Home. But Jordan faces a numbers difficulty. 1 demands 218 votes in the 435 member Residence to turn into Speaker. Even if the GOP holds the Residence this fall, Republican numbers probably dwindle to someplace among 220 and 230 seats. The math alone could undoubtedly expense Jordan the necessary votes.
Here&rsquos another scenario: Perhaps Home Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., or Home Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., advance up the ladder and Jordan runs for a reduced tier leadership slot. The Home Republican Conference votes on these positions, not the entire Property. So, let&rsquos say Republicans handle the Property with 225 seats. That indicates Jordan need to win the backing of 113 Republican colleagues. Even those numbers could have worked against Jordan prior to the Ohio State allegations emerged.
Jordan&rsquos political core constantly emanated from the 40-plus member Freedom Caucus. Political observers typically wondered regardless of whether Jordan&rsquos political influence extended significantly beyond that conservative nucleus which appreciates his rabble-rousing maneuvers. In other words, winning even a decrease-level leadership contest may possibly have been a stretch for Jordan, regardless of the queries about Ohio State.
All eyes will concentrate on Jordan as Congress returns to session next week.
&ldquoIt&rsquos one factor for rank and file members to say one thing about Jordan,&rdquo stated 1 source. &ldquoWhat the Freedom Caucus says is a lot more telling."
If Jordan loses the backing of the Freedom Caucus, he&rsquos bereft of virtually any political capital. And that could be fatal for Jim Jordan.
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Published at Sat, 07 Jul 2018 19:31:00 +0000