Paul Ryan throws in the towel - Opinion

Paul Ryan throws in the towel

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 8:39 am

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cast himself as a reluctant speaker of the House when he succeeded Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) by consensus in 2015. His main challenge at the time was to hold together the Republicans’ fractured tea party and mainstream wings. No one saw future President Donald Trump coming.

With his announcement last week that he would not seek reelection this fall, giving up his role as the top Republican in Congress, Ryan has become the most prominent GOP lawmaker heading for the exits before a possible midterm shellacking by the Democrats.

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