Lake Geneva assemblyman announces re-election bid, won't run for Ryan's seat

Lake Geneva assemblyman announces re-election bid, won't run for Ryan's seat

"I really do not believe whether I stay or go in 2019 is going to affect a person's individual race for Congress", he said.

Breitbart, whose former executive chairman Steve Bannon advised President Donald Trump, has also been accused of promoting white nationalism: In October, a Buzzfeed report linked the site's editors to known members of the neo-Nazi movement, illustrating how the platform laundered white supremacy into the mainstream.

One is tempted to call Ryan's journey tragic, the tale of a young, idealistic family man transformed into an enabler for the most morally indifferent and utterly selfish president in our nation's history.

Ryan still lives in Janesville with his wife and three children.

The rise of Trump challenged him like nothing else.

While Ryan was crucial in getting the tax cuts passed, a prime Trump goal, he and the president have had a hard relationship.

Ryan's seat is among nearly 100 more Republican-held districts that have gained new attention since Democrat Conor Lamb won a special House election in western Pennsylvania last month, in a district Trump won by nearly 20 points. His tone was sombre, and he read directly from prepared remarks.

In the current House, which has 237 Republicans, the Freedom Caucus sways enough votes to keep any candidate from getting a majority vote needed to ascend to House speaker should Ryan step down before his term is up when the new Congress is sworn in in January.

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Ryan on Sunday again stressed his focus on his family.

The 48-year-old Wisconsin politician made it official Wednesday when he announced that he's volunteering to leave his post, which is third in line of succession for the presidency, and will not be running for re-election. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won the district by 5 points in 2012, when Ryan was on the ballot as the vice presidential nominee.

But it appears the 48-year old Ryan, who was effectively drafted to be speaker following the announcement that Republican John A. Boehner of OH would be stepping aside, will last a little less than three years in the job that he assumed October 29, 2015. He has had more trust with the hardliners in the House. "If everyone knew who was going to be the majority party in November we'd be having very different discussions", Meadows said. "His ability to bridge the vast divide".

The Freedom Caucus, which numbers about three dozen House members, has always been critical of McCarthy, even though he's close to President Donald Trump.

As the House GOP's top fundraiser, Ryan's lame-duck status could send shockwaves through donor circles that are relying on his leadership at the helm of the House majority. He has hauled in $54 million so far this election cycle. "Bad idea", said Republican Representative Charlie Dent.

"They're middle of the road in temperament, and I think that no matter what happens in November, that's a big brain drain and loss of experience in Congress for the Republican Party", said Dr Matthew Green, a Catholic University professor who has taught on politics in the age of Trump.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has worked with Ryan, praised his colleague's tenure.

Over the course of the previous year and change, Ryan's agenda has been set by the president's Twitter feed rather than the legislative calendar.

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