House Speaker Paul Ryan made a stunning announcement on Wednesday and told colleagues that he will not seek re-election. This deals a catastrophic blow to Republican efforts to keep the majority of the U.S. House in the 2018 midterm elections.
“This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his last year as a member of the House,” said Brendan Buck, Ryan’s counselor.
Here’s the scoop from our friends at The Daily Caller:
The news comes as rumors that Ryan would retire in the coming months have continued to surface. Ryan, who has been speaker since 2015, told members close to him as well as his staffers that he would not seek re-election on Wednesday morning.
“This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his last year as a member of the House. He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January. After nearly twenty years in the House, the speaker is proud of all that has been accomplished and is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father,” counselor to the speaker Brendan Buck said in a statement.
“While he did not seek the position, he told his colleagues that serving as speaker has been the professional honor of his life, and he thanked them for the trust they placed in him. He will discuss his decision at a press conference immediately following the member meeting,” Buck continued.
The question now is who will replace Ryan as speaker. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise announced his interest in Ryan’s job publicly in an interview in late March.
The Louisiana Republican said he would be very interested in “moving up” in leadership and mentioned that he believes he has a “strong influence” on legislation in Congress in an interview with Politico.
Here’s more from USA Today:
His retirement announcement leaves a void in Republican leadership as it faces a tough series of elections that will determine whether the GOP can keep control of Congress.
The Wisconsin Republican, in his tenth term as a House member, has been speaker since 2015, replacing John Boehner. He was the 2012 Republican candidate for vice president on nominee Mitt Romney’s ticket, and was considered a potential presidential candidate in 2016 but opted not to run.
Democrats hailed Ryan’s retirement as a sign that he knows the GOP will take big losses in November, and may well lose the House majority and speakership.
This comes on the heels of 14 months of a reportedly contentious relationship with the Trump White House. The 45th President of the United States has long seen Mr. Ryan as a roadblock obstructing his agenda. He has called him a RINO on Twitter, publicly mocked his direction of the House, and privately derided him as just another toxic swamp creature.
The President, undoubtedly, is happy to see Ryan go…
What’s your opinion on Paul Ryan?
Is it good riddance to bad rubbish
or is he gone too soon?