A major shake-up in Washington yesterday, as House Speaker Paul Ryan said he'll retire rather than run again in November.
Targeting the Republicans, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said that Ryan's exit will be followed by more step-downs from Republicans. He is an adult who, despite being dealt a hard hand, was by far the best speaker since Newt Gingrich.
"I don't like the fact that you feel that way, and we need more minorities, more women in our party, and I've been focusing on that kind of recruitment", Ryan said.
The Freedom Caucus, which numbers about three dozen House members, has always been critical of McCarthy, even though he's close to President Donald Trump.
"Realistically, the chances were low of anything getting done anyway", Feehery said.
Asked how much Trump and his conduct in office influenced his decision not to seek re-election for his seat representing a district in southeastern Wisconsin, Ryan told reporters: "Not at all". The bombshell was delivered by the speaker's counselor, Brendan Buck, who said Ryan would not seek re-election in November. "It works better to have private conversations than public disputes", Ryan said.
Ryan told members during a private meeting earlier Wednesday morning that "he had no idea what he's going to do", according to Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa.
Ryan also may be leaving because he feels uncomfortable carrying Trump's water in the House.
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Ryan's plans have been the source of much speculation and will set off a scramble among his lieutenants to take the helm.
"I go back to my district and people couldn't be more ecstatic about the things we're doing", Florida Rep. Brian Mast said.
"That's logical", another senior Republican aide in the House said.
Kiriakou suggested that perhaps Ryan resigned in to avoid sharing the fate of Tom Foley, who was speaker of the House from 1989 to 1995 and the first speaker since 1892 to lose a re-election race.
He was a vice presidential candidate in 2012, on a ticket with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The speaker is a lame duck, and as we've seen in the MA state Senate lately, that can set in motion a succession battle that leads to turmoil and tension.
But with Nancy Pelosi looking more and more like the next speaker, there's little motive for Ryan to try and stay in Congress without any power. Friends say he will bide his time and see whether the political climate and party change. Ryan may have had photogenic biceps but it turns out he had no backbone and was easily pushed around by giant cheese puff Trump. It's not about Paul Ryan. "He genuinely cares about every American, and we share a belief that conservative ideals will help improve the lives of even our most marginalized populations". The Californian began as the favorite for the speaker's job when John Boehner quit in frustration in 2015, but was thwarted by personal problems and criticism from his party's right wing.
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