Axios was the first to report that Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan(R-WI), will not seek re-election in November. Ryan held a press conference on Capitol Hill confirming this at 10:17amET, April 11, 2018.
This has been one of the two greatest honors of my life.The job provides incredible opportunities. But the truth is, it’s easy for it to take over everything in your life. And you can’t just let that happen. Because there can be other things in life that can be fleeting as well. Namely, your time as a husband and a dad (…) That’s why today, I’m announcing that this year will be my last one as a member of the house.
Ryan went on to explain that he is not resigning and would serve his full term. He goes on to state that he will be retiring in January, “…leaving this majority in good hands, with what I believe is a very bright future,” according to the statement.
Paul Ryan is not the first Republican member of Congress to announce their departure this term. 25 other Republican congressmen have announced retirement, 13 are running for other elected offices and 5 have resigned.
“Paul Ryan decided to quit today rather than face Randy Bryce and the voters,” said campaign Communications Director Lauren Hitt. “With nearly $5 million raised to date, a strong field program aided by organized labor, a broad coalition of support locally and nationally, Randy Bryce is incredibly well positioned to be the next representative for the First District. Electorates far more conservative than Wisconsin’s First have already elected Democrats in special elections in Wisconsin and across the country.” – First Paragraph of Randy Bryce for Congress campaign press release.
The Cathy Myers campaign also released a statement today that said, in part: “Paul Ryan is running away from the harm his policies have caused our neighbors in Wisconsin’s First District and working families nationwide. I am the candidate who will replace him because we need a teacher in Congress who can educate and mobilize voters to reverse the damage Paul Ryan has done to the middle class over his two decades in office.”
The only Republican candidate left in the race after the departure of Paul Ryan is self-avowed white supremacist Paul Nehlen. Paul Nehlen was recently suspended from Twitter according to a Twitter spokesperson as reported by Newsweek “for repeated violations of our terms of service.”
Progressive Army reached out to the Democratic campaigns of Randy Bryce and Cathy Myers with a question about how the retirement of Ryan and the new Republican front-runner impact their campaign. Myers states, “I don’t see myself running against Paul Nehlen. I expect there will be a hotly contested Republican Primary, and I look forward to beating whoever is on the ballot in November.”
Editor’s Note: 5:44 PM. EST. Updated with Myers’s response to our question. We are currently awaiting a response from the Bryce campaign and will update when this becomes available.
5:05 PM EST. Updated with press release statements from Bryce and Myers and information about the remaining candidate after Ryan’s departure.