A spokesperson from his office has confirmed that Representative Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) has thrown his hat into the ring for the position of Speaker of the House. This comes as the Republican Party seeks to nominate a new leader amidst internal voting.
Donalds, a conservative Republican from Florida, has been nominated in multiple rounds of voting as per reports from CBS News. He emerged as an alternative candidate to caucus leader Kevin McCarthy, as reported by The Washington Post.
This move comes as the GOP grapples with the decision to drop Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) from consideration for the speakership, as highlighted in live updates from The Washington Post. Donalds' entry into the race adds another layer to an already heated contest.
Donalds, representing most of Lee County and Collier County in Congress, has been boosted by a bloc of Republican votes, according to Axios. His nomination has been seen as an attempt by hard-line Republicans to block Kevin McCarthy's bid for the speakership.
The race for the Speaker of the House is ongoing, and it remains to be seen how Donalds' entry will affect the dynamics of the contest. With twenty Republicans rallying behind Donalds, as reported by New Republic, the coming days will surely bring more developments in this political saga.