The Republican speaker nominee in the state of Jordan has vigorously condemned threats of violence against holdouts who have refused to endorse his candidacy in a closely contested legislative race.
In a strongly worded statement, the nominee said threats of violence were “unacceptable” and a “direct threat to rule of law”. He also urged all factions to come to the table and try to reach a compromise.
The threats came after a bitter dispute over a state house leadership vote, which has been deadlocked for over three weeks. The holdouts have refused to endorse the Republican speaker nominee, citing long-standing disagreements over his policy positions.
The situation reached a boiling point this week, when several of the holdouts received menacing anonymous letters and emails telling them they would be “the first to die” if they did not relent.
The Republican speaker nominee said that such threats and intimidation tactics have no place in the state of Jordan or anywhere else. He said he will do everything in his power to ensure a peaceful and orderly transition of power and that all sides can have their say in legislative debates.