Could Paul Ryan’s run as Speaker of the House be over? If we’re lucky!
It appears as if some congressional Republicans aren’t stepping behind Ryan in support of him running for speaker again. Actually, four Minnesota Republicans outright refused to commit when asked about it.
There’s no question as to whether Ryan is a RINO or not. The only question is: if not him for speaker, then who?
Their answers suggest some GOP candidates may be reluctant to embrace Ryan as the GOP House struggles to pass legislation, and as President Trump calls into question the congressional leaders of his own party.
Ryan has also been a target for conservative media, which may be putting pressure on candidates to distance themselves from him.
St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber, running unopposed against Democrat Rick Nolan, said, “He might not even run for Speaker.”
Wow, way to swerve around answering directly. He continued, “When I’m in Congress, I’ll let you know, because people can change their views, change their ways.”
“I would prefer someone else,” said Dave Hughes, a commercial pilot running in the GOP primary for the nomination to take on Rep. Collin Peterson (D).
“I think he’s going in the wrong direction,” said state Rep. Tim Miller, asked about his feelings on Ryan.
Miller is also running for the GOP nomination in the race to take on Peterson.
“We’ve got to have leadership that ensures we do the will of the people,” he said. “Whoever that is, I’d support that.”
Businessman Jim Hagedorn, who is running for the seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Walz (D), who defeated him in 2014, also declined to commit to Ryan. That’s significant since he’s backed by the National Republican Campaign Committee.
Hagedorn said, “In the next Congress, we hopefully hold our majority, and there will be an election a week or two after that election,” he continued, “We’ll see who runs for speaker. Until then, you have to be very cautious about what you do. A lot can happen in a year in a half.”