Word is that Paul Ryan will not be running for re-election in November, which not only means that he won’t be Speaker of the House but that his seat could potentially flip.
The Democrat there — Randy Bruce — is popular (at least nationally) and I believe the guy who was running against Ryan for the GOP nom is a white supremacist. The GOP does have time to find someone else, however.
With news trickling out that Paul Ryan won't seek re-election, it's important to note that the GOP primary filing deadline in Wisconsin is June 1. This gives the party time to find someone (anyone!) better than Paul Nehlen.— David Martosko (@dmartosko) April 11, 2018
The news isn’t exactly a surprise — it’s been rumored for a while, but it’s satisfying news, all the same. Ryan apparently feels that he accomplished, in the tax plan, what he sought to do, and he’s also not happy in the job, in part because of Trump. Also, he didn’t want to be demoted if — as he expects — the Democrats take over the House in November.
Remember: Everything Trump touches turns to crap.
Like some other Republicans who have announced they won’t run again, maybe he will also have a come-to-Jesus moment, too, and actually start standing up to the President now that he’s not facing re-election.
The announcement is not official, but according to Axios, he expects to make it soon. California’s Kevin McCarthy is the favorite to take over as — hopefully — minority leader.