Four House Republicans, including a senior lawmaker close to leadership, told The Hill they expect Ryan to step down after Tuesday’s elections, arguing that he faces a daunting path to the 218 votes he needs to win a full two-year term leading the House GOP.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has been a thorn in the side of Republicans for months, consistently siding with Democrats and President Obama while leaving his fellow conservatives out to dry.
Ryan has also had a combative relationship with GOP nominee Donald Trump, going back and forth over whether to support the presidential candidate. Well now, Ryan’s hostile relationship with members of his own party may cause the Speaker to step down from his leadership role.
Aides to the Wisconsin Republican insist he isn’t going anywhere and that he’s completely focused right now on protecting the GOP’s majority in the lower chamber.
“He is running. The Speaker’s only focus until Election Day is defeating Democrats and protecting our majority, and nothing else,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said.
But even some Ryan allies are conceding that the Speaker now finds himself in an untenable position after just a year on the job.
It’s not just the usual Freedom Caucus members who are pushing for change at the top; some more mainstream Republicans from safe GOP districts could pull their support over Ryan’s handling of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, lawmakers said.
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