We are proud of Paul and the work he has achieved over the years.
House conservatives told reporters after Ryan's announcement that they want him to be bold in his final year as a legislator by seeking the entitlement reforms and budget cuts he failed to achieve in the last spending bill passed by Congress. When Trump lashed out at a federal judge of Mexican heritage, Ryan said, "Claiming a person can't do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment".
"It is kind of a bittersweet announcement that he is not going to go for re-election again and we totally understand that he wants to spend more time with his family", said Halabi. And it threw the House into a leadership battle that could end up pushing Ryan aside sooner than he intended and crush any hopes for significant legislation before the election.
Between the obstinance of the knuckle-draggers in the so-called Freedom Caucus and the unpredictable, freaky world of President Trump, it is easy to confuse Ryan as part of the problem.
Another Massachusetts Democrat, Jim McGovern of Worcester, in a statement called for Ryan to open up the legislative process on Capitol Hill now that he doesn't have to worry about re-election.
For many Republicans, Ryan has been "a steady force in contrast to the president's more mercurial tone", said Rep. Mark Sanford of SC.
"If I'm here one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad".
"Donors who are committed to making sure Republicans hold onto the majority will do whatever they have to do to make that happen", he said.
It is indicative of Trump's impact on the Republican Party that Ryan, the vice presidential nominee in 2012, now faces an uncertain political future only two years after being considered a rising star.
Ryan, from Janesville, Wisconsin, was first elected to Congress in 1998. One Democratic opponent, ironworker Randy Bryce, already has raised $5 million, and Wisconsin Republicans are anxious that a national Democratic wave could sweep him to victory. Republicans acknowledged Wednesday morning that Ryan's seat will be far more vulnerable without the speaker on the ballot.
Honored to have Republican Congressional Leadership join me at the @WhiteHouse this evening. In the 2018 election cycle alone, Ryan's political operation has raised an unprecedented $54 million, including $11 million in the first three months of 2018.
"Republicans are looking at what could be a dreary November", he said. As former MS governor Haley Barbour said, the GOP's problem in Congress isn't leadership - it's followership. "It's just another issue that's floating out there, and obviously there's going to be some competition for his successor". Among the most glaring signs of that collapse is the failure of powerful Republicans to block Trump's worst impulses.
Another Republican mentioned as a potential candidate is longtime Ryan family friend and backer Bryan Steil, an attorney and member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Just last month, the neo-Nazi Arthur Jones won the Republican nomination for an IL congressional seat after the party failed to nominate another candidate.
The NRCC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Ryan moved to preempt an open succession scramble, telling reporters that he meant to "stay here and run through the tape" until a new Congress is seated in January.