House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wisc.) announced on Wednesday that he will retire from the House of Representatives at the end of this year, thus ending two decades of his trajectory in Congress that included an abortive campaign in 2008 as a Republican vice-presidential candidate. In an interview on Fox News Channel, he told Dana Perino, "Our majority is in good hands, The president has given us this chance to get a lot done."
As a lame duck, Ryan said that he will continue for push for the Republican agenda, including a push for spending controls. Rejecting that his is fleeing his caucus in the face of a possible turnover to Democrats in the November mid-term election, he predicted that the GOP will retain its majority this year.
Ryan explained his departure by referring to his family values. Mentioning that he came to Congress when his first child was born, and that all three of his children are now teenagers, Ryan said. “If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad.” He said, “I just can’t let that happen. So I will be setting new priorities in my life.”
As possible replacements, both Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Steven Scalise (R-La.) are known to be interested. President Donald Trump tweeted that Ryan will "leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!" The chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Rob Meadows (R-NC) said that leading the House is not on his "bucket list."
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.