Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-election in November

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  1. ATJ-Lucko

    ATJ-Lucko Champ-Champ Survival Pool Champion

    WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in November, ending a brief stint atop the House and signaling the peril that the Republican majority faces in the midterm elections.

    Mr. Ryan said he will serve until the end of this Congress in January, which will mark 20 years in Congress. He insisted he will be “leaving this majority in good hands with what I believe is a very bright future.”

    But his retirement, at the age of 48, is sure to kick off a succession battle for the leadership of the House Republican Conference, likely between the House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, and the House majority whip, Steve Scalise of Louisiana. And it could also trigger another wave of retirements among Republicans not eager to face angry voters in the fall and taking their cue from Mr. Ryan.

    As if on cue, Representative Dennis Ross, Republican of Florida, announced his retirement an hour after Mr. Ryan.

    Mr. Ryan’s intentions were first reported by Axios.

    Mr. Ryan’s decision to quit caught many in the party by surprise. He had just hosted a donor retreat last week in Texas and most officials believed he would not leave until after November.

    Explaining his decision to his Republican colleagues Wednesday morning at a meeting in the Capitol, a subdued Mr. Ryan said he wanted to spend more time with his children, who live in the same town where the speaker grew up.

    He pledged that he would help fellow Republicans extensively in the 2018 campaign and said he would continue raising money at a powerful pace, according to two lawmakers in the room. Mr. Ryan has become the party’s most important fund-raiser in the House and Republicans have been counting on him to help them collect and spend tens of millions of dollars defending their majority this fall.

    He pointed to the recently enacted overhaul of the tax code and increased military spending as his signal accomplishments.

    when the going gets tough...
  2. Poindexter

    Poindexter Reputation: ∞ Staff Member

    He took it in the ass from Trump. He can eat dicks in his retirement.
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  3. chrisc

    chrisc Ninja

    "when the going gets tough"

    lololl The man served 20 years in congress, what exactly do you know about when the going gets tough?
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  4. unforgivn

    unforgivn Nunquam Fidelis

    He doesn't want to take the demotion from Speaker to Minority Leader.
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  5. ATJ-Lucko

    ATJ-Lucko Champ-Champ Survival Pool Champion

    yeah 20 years and then trump came around and made him quit,you think if hillary won he be quitting right now.
    This is where the hard work needs to be done, the pressure is on and he cracks.

    look at all the republicans who are retiring, have you seen this many politicians from a party who is in the majority quit like this.

    and they are retiring 2 years into winning back the presidency.
  6. chrisc

    chrisc Ninja

    I don’t know the man on a personal level. I wasn’t aware you do.

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