By Moira Warburton
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks received “credible death threats,” she said in a statement on Wednesday, after voting against Rep. Jim Jordan for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives .
Jordan, a die-hard conservative, was officially nominated by the majority of his party last week, but has failed to gain the support of the 217 Republicans needed in two House votes so far, with more of lawmakers from his own party opposing him on Wednesday than in the first vote on Tuesday. A third vote is expected to take place on Thursday.
Miller-Meeks, a Republican who represents a politically competitive Iowa district, voted for Jordan the first time but decided to vote for Rep. Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday afternoon.
Since then, Miller-Meeks said in a statement, she has received “a barrage of threatening calls” in addition to multiple death threats. She added that authorities have been informed and that her office is cooperating fully.
“One thing I can’t stand or support is a bully,” she said. “I did not stand up for bullies before I voted for President Granger and when I voted for President-elect Jordan, and I will not bow to bullies now.”
It was not immediately clear who made the threats.
“We condemn all threats against our colleagues and it is imperative that we come together,” Jordan said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Stop. It’s disgusting.”
Jordan has struggled to win over both moderates who feel they don’t understand the issues facing their districts, and others who have expressed concerns about Jordan’s ability to unify the party.
Although lawmakers withholding support said Jordan himself had been courteous and kind in his conversations to try to win them over, many denounced his supporters’ intimidation tactics.
“The last thing you want to do is try to intimidate me or pressure me, because then I will completely withdraw,” Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican who has refused to support Jordan, told reporters , earlier this week.
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Washington; editing by Noeleen Walder and Christopher Cushing)