Speaker Paul Ryan Announces Retirement

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

During a press conference on Wednesday, Ryan announced he will retire after this Congress ends in January because he wants to spend more time with his family. During the interview, Ryan said that even as he would be stepping away from formal Republican politics, he'd still advocate for expanding the GOP's appeal, including pushing for increased diversity in the party. "I'm not concerned about it at all".

Few Republicans talk any more of retaining control of the House as a certainty.

From ushering the largest tax overhaul in recent memory through the House, to chairing the House Budget Committee for four years, Ryan's record speaks for itself.

The speaker's retirement launched a thousand sinking-ship metaphors. And 38 House Republicans are not seeking 2018 re-election.

I can see why Ryan is scrambled. So Paul Ryan had to defend his party on national television. The House speaker has not given his support behind legislation to protect Mueller.

And at least some members and a leader of the Tea Party movement have publically and privately suggested they could add to the congressional ranks after November, giving them more power in leadership voting.

Bryce had already been named to the national House Democrats' list of top challengers in Republican-held districts. And Ryan worked those forces the best he could given the circumstances before him.

"I can't let that happen", he said. And I've gotten much of what I came here to do done.

"No disrespect to Paul, but quite frankly, you want somebody who's got skin in the game after the elections", Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nevada, told The Washington Post.

"Perception and morale is going to be a big issue", said Mac Zilber, a Democratic strategist working on several Congressional races. "And that's really it right there".

A protracted leadership fight could make that worse.

Meadows said numerous decisions will come down to whether Republicans are still in control of the House after the election in November.

Still, for many Republicans, it's unclear who will be left in leadership to counterbalance Trump.

They include prominent traditionalists like Senator Bob Corker, congressmen Ed Royce, Mr Bob Goodlatte, and centrists Charlie Dent and Mr Dave Reichert.

"Well, I- I- I don't like the fact that you feel that way". It's about loyalty to [President Trump]. Only one sitting member of the House has ever moved directly from Congress to the White House; James A.Garfield was serving as a representative from OH when he won the 1880 presidential election. "He represents a different direction for the party, but also he is a whirlwind of a president and unpredictable", says Matthew Green, an expert on the speakership at Catholic University in Washington. If you put some distance with president, those in the Resistance movement will say you're a sycophant; it's never enough.

And because of that, Dent doesn't see Ryan's retirement as having any direct effect on GOP candidates' chances this fall. "So I will be setting new priorities in my life". "We all know that", Dent said. "It's not about Paul Ryan". "It's going to be a referendum on the president of the United States and his conduct in office".

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