More spineless cut-and-run GOP…
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced Wednesday that he is not seeking re-election in November — a move that ends a nearly two decade career in Congress and comes as the GOP girds for a tough fight to keep control of the House this year.
Ryan said in a press conference after meeting with House lawmakers that his primary motivation was so he could spend more time with his wife and children, who he said he did not want to remember him as a “weekend Dad.”
“If I am here for one more term, my kids will only ever have known me as a weekend Dad — I just can’t let that happen,” he said.
Ryan, who was first elected to Congress in 1998, said he believes Congress has achieved “a heck of a lot” under his leadership as speaker since 2015.
“You all know I did not seek this job, I took it reluctantly, but I have given this job everything I have,” Ryan said, adding that he has “no regrets.”
His decision not to seek re-election follow him playing a key role in passing last year’s tax reform bill — an issue close to his heart and something he said he has dedicated his career to. But Ryan has had a rocky relationship with President Trump, and condemned Trump’s more controversial moves on a number of occasions during the campaign…
He didn't have a lobotomy https://t.co/gyeHacxLVL
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) April 11, 2018
Have you noticed how “put country over party” always seems to be synonymous with “do what Democrats want?” https://t.co/i4hjaEYi8i
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) April 11, 2018
Here's what you need to know about Paul Ryan. His main regret as he leaves Congress is that he failed to take health care away from more people.
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) April 11, 2018
Every day, these guys remind me why they're better out of power. https://t.co/ChgFnVSIi9
— Jim Treacher is a dumb pseudonym (@jtLOL) April 11, 2018