John A. Boehner’s replacement in Ohio’s 8th District is joining the group of right-wing conservatives that helped push the former speaker into an early retirement.
Newly elected Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, who was sworn in Thursday, will become a member of the House Freedom Caucus, a spokesman confirmed. The caucus has about 40 members; there are 247 Republicans in the House.
The Freedom Caucus is an invitation-only group. It’s not surprising it would ask Davidson to join considering the House Freedom Fund, the leadership PAC operated by Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan, donated more than $185,000 to his campaign, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Davidson won the crowded Republican primary in March with 33 percent of the vote. In Tuesday’s special general election to replace the former speaker, he received 77 percent of the vote.
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