One is tempted to call Ryan's journey tragic, the tale of a young, idealistic family man transformed into an enabler for the most morally indifferent and utterly selfish president in our nation's history. "If everyone knew who was going to be the majority party in November we'd be having very different discussions", Meadows said.
Hi legacy includes acquiesce to President Donald Trump's un-presidential conduct.
Still, Democrats see Ryan's exit as an opportunity to pick up a seat. Ryan had to navigate the waters of a party that was not only fighting from within, but that was hijacked by a president whose erratic behavior has never been helpful. As former MS governor Haley Barbour said, the GOP's problem in Congress isn't leadership - it's followership. When he was first elected to Congress in 1998, he was a boy wonder, still in his 20s.
Other Republicans, such as New York Rep. Peter King, expressed wariness about the bid by conservatives, who've pressed the party not to compromise with Democrats.
"Honored to have Republican Congressional Leadership join me at the @WhiteHouse this evening", Trump tweeted.
"This district looks like Randy Bryce", said former Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate. The announcement will help Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in his fundraising because "the Senate becomes the last bastion", the Republican said. "Democrats are going to walk a mile on broken glass to vote against the president".
"Losing Speaker Ryan's leadership and passion for these issues will nearly certainly make the road to these reforms longer and more hard", Dean Rosen, who works at the lobbying firm Mehlman, Castagnetti, Rosen & Thomas, told Bloomberg Law. When asked about not sticking around to see the trillion-dollar deficits now forecast to follow the tax cut, Ryan pointed to the need to reform entitlements - Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Bryce, endorsed by liberals like Vermont Sen. Janesville teacher Cathy Myers has also been running on the Democratic side.
It's still too early to say just what the impact of the legislation will be.
Paul Ryan is retiring at the end of his term in Congress, which means Republicans will be looking for a new floor leader in the House next January - a leader whose chances of being Speaker are diminishing palpably.
Vos's longtime friend and college roommate, Rance Priebus, the former White House chief of staff, has also opted not to run.
State Reps. Tyler August and Samantha Kerkman are said to be mulling over a run, as is state Sen.
Some potential Republican contenders for his seat include Wisconsin state Assembly Speaker Ryan Vos and Bryan Steil, a member of the Board of Regents, according to Wisconsin Republican sources. The only declared Republican was Paul Nehlen, who was banned from Twitter for a series of posts criticized as racist or anti-Semitic. He paid off at least a couple of old debts shortly after announcing his candidacy -one to a former girlfriend who had loaned him almost $2,000 almost two decades ago. "A part-time Paul Ryan is better than full-time of lots of other people in Washington", he said.
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