For a brief moment on Friday U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-GA, was at the center of the political world as he launched a surprise bid for House speaker.  The attempt was more of a shot across the bow of U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH, the current leader in the race but a firebrand who still doesn’t have enough support to win outright.  But Scott proved quite popular even with the move coming as a surprise, managing to whip up 81 votes compared to 124 for Jordan.  Following that secret ballot Scott withdrew and got behind Jordan, but his strong performance shows his popularity and recognition in the House are RISING…

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