Former spokesperson Kevin McCarthy The California Republican could still return to the House speaker race, but this time with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, as assistant to the speaker, according to sources.
Two sources confirmed to Fox News Digital on Tuesday night that a plan was being floated to reinstate McCarthy as chairman and elevate Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to an assistant speaker position.
Jordan was the second GOP-appointed House Speaker, but was forced to drop out of the race after failing three House-wide votes and then being voted out of office by anonymous vote at a Republican conference meeting. .
When asked about the idea, McCarthy simply told reporters, “Some members are talking.”
Jordan ignored a question from Fox News Digital about whether the plan was being actively discussed.
NBC News reported that McCarthy himself was floating to return to the race. It comes as Republicans have failed to hold the president’s seat for nearly a month, and three consecutive nominees have been defeated by infighting.
It is not clear if the latest nominee, Representative Mike Johnson, R-La., has more possibilities than those who preceded him. The first candidate, Rep. Steve Scalise, was ousted by Jordan’s allies. Scalise and McCarthy allies, in turn, stalled Jordan’s nomination. Finally, Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., faced an all-out attack from former President Donald Trump, who opposed his nomination.
The House is expected to reconvene at noon Wednesday for a full vote on Johnson’s candidacy for president.
Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom, Chad Pergram and Houston Keene contributed to this report.