Rep. Jim Jordan (right) of Ohio’s 4th Congressional District was the featured speaker of the Van Wert County Republican Party on Friday at the Wassenberg Art Center. Above, Jordan answers questions while county G.O.P. Central Committee Chairman Martin Burchfield watches. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
Rep. Jim Jordan (right) of Ohio’s 4th Congressional District was the featured speaker of the Van Wert County Republican Party on Friday at the Wassenberg Art Center. Above, Jordan answers questions while county G.O.P. Central Committee Chairman Martin Burchfield watches. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — It isn’t often that a political party in Van Wert County will come together to hear a political speaker who doesn’t represent the area, but Rep. Jim Jordan brought in nearly 200 people to hear his ideas about Republican House objectives, the future of health care, and the strength of the country.

Jordan told the crowd a story about Scott O’Grady, the U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down over Bosnia and spent almost a week behind enemy lines in 1995, recalling the pilot’s words after his rescue.

“In three short statements, this young man has summed up what this country is about,” Jordan declared. He went on to talk about O’Grady’s statements highlighting faith, family, and freedom, focusing on the current administration’s positions on the first and second amendments.

Jordan also went into detail about the I.R.S. targeting scandal, saying “This is as wrong as it gets,” and the resulting flap over missing emails from I.R.S. official Lois Lerner, and their discovery weeks later at the Justice Department, stating, “We caught them with their hand in the cookie jar.”



Jordan, who lives in Urbana, has represented the Ohio 4th District since first being elected in 2006. He is noted as a fiscal conservative and a staunch advocate for families and taxpayers. He has been re-elected three times, winning by approximately 22 percentage points in the district. He told the crowd he was never interested in politics while in high school, keeping much attention focused on his wrestling career, winning state four times and finishing with a 150-1 record.

He commented on the affects of the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party, noting there is no split in the party and Democrats were pushing for a split with the Tea Party groups. Jordan cited the leadership of President Ronald Reagan who tried to bring together social conservatives and fiscal conservatives under the Republican banner.

“We have to work together as a conservative-based party with some latitude in there. Reagan got that. And Reagan always did it. He talked about doing what’s good for the country, what’s good for America,” Jordan said.

The speech from Jordan was held at the Wassenberg Art Center and was catered by Gibson’s Barnyard Barbecue. The event was sponsored by the Van Wert County Republican Central Committee.