Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Speaker Ryan departure sparks unrest, GOP fears losing House

Speaker Ryan departure sparks unrest, GOP fears losing House

"Although Speaker Ryan leaves big shoes to fill, I am confident a strong leader will emerge and continue the effort to reform Washington and keep our nation great", August said. "I'm not concerned about it at all".

There is a long list of Republicans who have already announced their own retirement, but Ryan's is the most shocking of all.

Instead, it was King who invoked a photo shared by President Trump on Wednesday night that showed Ryan and other top congressional Republicans grinning at the White House - all white men, flashing a thumbs-up.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader, urged Ryan to use his last months as speaker to work toward bipartisan compromises.

"It's like Eisenhower resigning right before D-Day", Tom Davis, a former Republican congressman from Virginia who once headed the House GOP's campaign committee, told the Associated Press. "Others may try to spin it that way, but I don't see it that way".

" I'Id broken each record which any (home) speaker has had about equality", Ryan explained around the afternoon of his retirement announcement and a afternoon after Politico reported he had raised £11.1 million at the very first quarter of 2018, bringing his total to this past year's election cycle into £ 54 million.

Democrats are feeling increasingly confident in their chances.

He is giving up on his caucus, his party, his president, and the job.

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Ryan's seat is among nearly 100 more Republican-held districts that have gained new attention since Democrat Conor Lamb won a special House election in western Pennsylvania last month, in a district Trump won by nearly 20 points.

Ryan insisted the looming prospect of returning to the minority wasn't a factor in his decision. "You can see in generic polling that at the moment we have a substantial lead, and I also think we now are in the position of contesting a hundred seats across the country that are in Republican hands".

"I've actually gotten a lot done, and I've gotten much of what I came here to do done", he said. And my kids aren't getting any younger. That's something-I'm not going away from life.

The staunchest House conservatives may have fewer qualms with the undoing of the president and the departure of Ryan will remove a buffer zone in which many GOP moderates including McCarthy could hide behind. McCarthy aides said the remark to other GOP leaders was a bad joke.

There has been speculation that Mr Ryan could have his eye on arun for the White House in 2020 or beyond. But in a 30-minute interview with a small group of reporters in his Capitol Hill office, Ryan insisted that family - to be specific, his three kids in or entering their teenage years - really was the reason for the looming end of his 20-year congressional career, a decision made Sunday night at a family dinner in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, and announced Wednesday. We are proud of Paul and the work he has achieved over the years. "If everyone knew who was going to be the majority party in November we'd be having very different discussions", Meadows said.

They also control enough votes to determine who will become their next leader.

"Republicans have united around him and his agenda at least up to this point", said Whit Ayers, a Republican pollster.

Who would the Republicans nominate to succeed Trump? Republican identifiers and "leaners" in a November 2017 YouGov survey gave Trump an average rating of just 7.1 on a 0-to-10 scale, hardly a rousing endorsement. It's about loyalty to [President Trump]. "Members won't allow a lame duck, he'll have no leverage to cut deals, and the last thing they need in this environment is six months of palace intrigue and everyone stabbing everyone else in the back". You never stop running. You wanted to expand the base.

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