Who'll follow Paul Ryan as speaker? Contest hums below radar


Ryan said Wednesday that he would not seek re-election, and will retire at the end of the year. We made our decision a different way this year. Claiming he's accomplished "a heckuva lot", he said the party can point to strong gains as lawmakers campaign ahead of November elections.

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But Ryan's impending departure also sets off a scramble among his lieutenants to take the helm. It will also fuel speculation that Ryan is eyeing a coming Democratic surge, fuelled by opposition to President Donald Trump, that could wrest control of the House of Representatives from Republicans' grip. Previously he was executive editor of Bloomberg News and a reporter, bureau chief and executive Washington editor for the Wall Street Journal.

As House Republicans poured out of the closed-door meeting where Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told them he won't run for re-election this year, there was a constant theme: Things are on track.

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"If I'm here one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad". Once she let him know that this type of display makes her feel unwelcome, the congressman said he feels bad about it too. From ushering the largest tax overhaul in recent memory through the House, to chairing the House Budget Committee for four years, Ryan's record speaks for itself.

Ryan on Sunday again stressed his focus on his family.

Ryan's now-lame-duck status threatens to clip GOP fundraising ahead of a more hard election season than expected. His tone was sombre, and he read directly from prepared remarks. "What was the surprise was that he was announcing it before the election..." Even though he vowed to keep fulfilling his political responsibilities, he will not be almost the draw as a lame duck.

Ryan's Medicare plan has created a framework for Republicans looking to curb entitlement spending, particularly for the insurance program for the elderly, and gave the movement a prominent spokesman, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) told Bloomberg Law. "Everybody figured he'd just hang in there till after the election".

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Additional household Republicans assert that Ryan's announced retirement, after roughly 2 years Congress, would reduce his ability to boost funds - a action that yields millions of dollars for GOP candidates. Boehner had struggled to wrangle the chamber's restless conservative wing and failed to the seal big deals on fiscal policy he sought. And though his retirement will change things for Republicans, I don't see the decision as bailing out or jumping ship, as some in the media have gleefully suggested.

Between the obstinance of the knuckle-draggers in the so-called Freedom Caucus and the unpredictable, freaky world of President Trump, it is easy to confuse Ryan as part of the problem. The two have not had a close working relationship.

Green, the Catholic University professor, said it is not uncommon for a party to support its president "pretty much on anything".

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