Several Republicans, including a senior lawmaker close to leadership have speculated that Paul Ryan will step down after Tuesday’s elections, arguing that he faces a daunting path to the 218 votes he needs to win a full two-year term leading the House GOP.
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Aides to the Wisconsin Republican insist he isn’t going anywhere and that he’s completely focused right now on protecting the GOP’s majority in the lower chamber.
“He is running. The Speaker’s only focus until Election Day is defeating Democrats and protecting our majority, and nothing else,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said.
But even some Ryan allies are conceding that the Speaker now finds himself in an untenable position after just a year on the job.
It’s not just the usual Freedom Caucus members who are pushing for change at the top; some more mainstream Republicans from safe GOP districts could pull their support over Ryan’s handling of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, lawmakers said.
Republican Presidential nominee is enormously popular in many of these districts, but Ryan stopped actively supporting Trump after the ‘lewd comments’ tape appeared.
“Speculation is growing that Paul will not return,” said one senior GOP lawmaker close to leadership.
H/T The Hill