House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) announced on Wednesday that he will not seek reelection this year, ending a nearly 20-year tenure in Congress and adding further uncertainty about whether embattled Republicans can maintain control of the House.
This excerpt is pulled from Robert Costa’s, Mike DeBonis’ and John Wagner’s article, “House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek reelection,” published by the Washington Post on April 11, 2018. Read the full report here.
Ryan said at a news conference that he sees a “very bright future” for his party and said his decision was driven by a desire to spend more time with his family.
Editor’s Note: We here at the Bloated Orange often leave jobs for which we have a very bright future. /s
Ryan, who plans to serve out his term and retire in January, said the possibility of Democrats taking over the House factored into his decision “none whatsoever.” He emphasized that he had taken the job of speaker reluctantly.
Editor’s Note: None whatsoever. (And how dare you for even asking. -Sarah Huckabee Sanders)
If he sticks to this plan, Ryan will become the first speaker since Democrat Tip O’Neill in 1986 to announce his retirement so far in advance. Some of Ryan’s close friends believe this may be a mistake on his part.
Just two weeks ago, Eric Cantor, the former House majority leader and longtime Ryan friend, predicted that the speaker would serve out his term, run for reelection and then decide his future in November.
To do otherwise, Cantor told The Washington Post in an interview, would be to “abdicate” power and send a signal that Republicans had no chance of keeping the majority.
“Speaker Ryan sees what is coming in November and is calling it quits rather than standing behind a House Republican agenda to increase health-care costs for middle class families while slashing Social Security and Medicare to pay for his handouts to the richest and largest corporations,” said Tyler Law, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.