According to a Politico report, Speaker Paul Ryan has made plans to step down and retire after the 2018 midterm elections. Ryan allegedly told members of his inner circle that his current term will be his last.
It’s believed that Ryan has grown despondent with the position, which he apparently wasn’t all that eager to accept in the first place. The report outlines some of Ryan’s dissatisfaction, including what he called “micro-tactics” when it came to partisan debates. He felt that he was running a daycare center, and it just wore him down.
The 48-year-old Ryan also wishes to spend more time at home with his family. He is a husband and father of three; the little Ryans are just entering their teenage years.
Back in November, Ryan also told Politico that he doesn’t worry about job security and admitted that he didn’t even want to be speaker in the first place.
If he does step down, who would be his replacement? A few names instantly came up, including Representative Mark Walker, GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and most notably, Majority Steve Scalise who is still recovering from his injuries in a mass shooting back in June.
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Ryan told the Hill earlier in the year that he hopes to pass tax reform by Christmas. If successful, this would enable him to exit on a high note.
In an update report from the Washington Examiner, however, Ryan has denied that he was going anywhere.
If it’s coming out of the horse’s mouth, then he’s likely sticking around unless there’s more to the story than meets the eye.
If Ryan stays, then he absolutely needs to back the President. It’s bad enough the Democrats have made every attempt to stifle Trump’s policy proposals. However, some of that stifling has come from members of the POTUS’ own GOP party.
Do you think Ryan is really going anywhere?