Paul Ryan backs Rep. Kevin McCarthy to succeed him as House speaker

Paul Ryan Backing Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker

McCarthy was also seen as the likeliest candidate when the Speaker post last became vacant in 2015, only to have his bid derailed by opposition from conservatives. A member of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, potentially Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, may try to become the GOP leader, complicating matters for McCarthy.

"Paul's staying all the way through and we've got our work cut out for us to continue to work to keep the majority and a lot of legislation to get done", added McCarthy.

According to sources, the California representative told the President he wants the job. Ryan was asked to reflect on his time as a steady if reluctant wingman for President Donald Trump's policies.

"One of the reasons why I was comfortable making this decision is because we have a very capable leadership team", Ryan said.

The 53-year-old was first elected to the House of Representatives in California's 22nd District in 2006 with more than 70% of the vote.

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Of course, there is a good chance that neither Scalise nor McCarthy will get to hold the speaker's gavel.

"It would be a real honor for Bakersfield to have the next speaker of the House to be our Congressman who was born and raised here". With Democrats ahead about 7 points on the most current generic ballot, the 2018 midterms are poised to be a blue wave election year.

Neither McCarthy nor Scalise have yet declared their intentions, though both men have been jockeying behind the scenes for the top spot in the House GOP conference.

Prominent House conservative Rep. Jim Jordan of OH said Friday that he also is considering a speakers bid.

Talks of who will replace Ryan as the highest-ranking Republican in the House began immediately after his announcement. Jordan co-founded the House Freedom Caucus and his entry into the race would further scramble the coalitions that McCarthy and Scalise have been building. Rumblings from the conservative Freedom Caucus that he wasn't conservative enough led McCarthy to withdraw his bid hours before his Republican colleagues were set to cast a vote.

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