Paul Ryan Will Not Run for Re-election

It has been rumored for weeks and is now official.  Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek reelection in 2018.  All along it was a job he was reluctant to take and has really gone against his natural abilities.  His passion and his background is as a policy wonk.  His career goes back to working as an aide to the late Congressman Jack Kemp (R-NY) who had a reputation as a team player and made politics and policy seem fun.  Jack Kemp, who believed in working with others and had a very inclusive approach to politics, would be devoured in today’s polarizing political environment.  He would find playing football against NFL defenses, as a quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, to be a cakewalk compared to the battles facing politicians today. I think his protege, Paul Ryan, was cut from a similar  cloth.

On his Twitter feed, Speaker Ryan wrote: “Serving as speaker has been a great honor. Now, with all three of my kids in their teens, I am ready to set new priorities. I intend to serve my full term as I was elected to do. But I will be retiring in January, leaving this majority in good hands and with a bright  future.”

He offered a similar sentiment in this  statement:

Ryan’s Wisconsin district is purple at best, and is now providing an opportunity for a Democrat victory in  November.

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