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Rep. Jim Jordan Vs. Impeachment

Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan
Jonathan Newton
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The Washington Post via AP, Pool
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questions witnesses testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss Republican Rep. Jim Jordan's career as he gains attention for defending President Trump during the House impeachment inquiry. WOSU reporter Nick Evans joins the show.

Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. And make sure to leave a rating and review!

On this week's episode:
Wrestling Champ Goes To Washington

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan is gaining national attention with his strident style during the House impeachment inquiry proceedings. 

Jordan is a far-right Republican who is often associated with the Tea Party and the Freedom Caucus, a group consisting of the most conservative voices in Congress. He also is unwavering in his defense of President Trump.

Jordan has strong support in his extremely gerrymandered district, but three Democrats and one independent Republican may challenge him in his next election. Even if district lines are redrawn, Jordan will be difficult to unseat.

Before he entered politics, Jordan was a state and national wrestling champion. His wrestling history brought scrutiny after hundreds of athletes reported they were molested by a team doctor during Jordan's tenure as an assistant coach at The Ohio State University. Jordan has repeatedly denied that he knew anything about the abuse.

Snollygoster Of The Week

Earlier this year, we awarded the "Snollygoster of the Week" to two outgoing Columbus School Board members who took expensive out-of-state trips even though they are leaving office in December. The school board has taken a little heat for spending thousands of dollars so lame duck members can get professional development weeks before they leave office.

Now the school board has tightened up the travel rules.

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.
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