Paul Ryan (R-WI) is rumored to be stepping down as speaker of the House in the next one to two months.
Kind of a big deal. His replacement?
It’s rumored to be Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, who was nearly killed by a Bernie Sanders supporter in 2017.
From Daily Wire:
On Monday, a Republican congressman said that House Speaker Paul Ryan is rumored to be stepping down in the next two months and that Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) will be his replacement.
“The rumor mill is that Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve Scalise will be the new Speaker,” Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) said.
“Now that is interesting because nobody has talked to members (of the House of Representatives) on how they are going to vote (on new leadership),” Amodei continued. “Now, maybe they have talked to all of the members but me. I don’t know, so that is the rumor mill from last week.”
More from The Hill:
Scalise, whose star has risen since he survived a shooting at a GOP baseball practice year, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are both seen as possible contenders to replace Ryan as Speaker if he doesn’t stick around.
But Scalise’s office pushed back against the rumor that he is eyeing the Speaker’s gavel, saying Scalise is focused on his job in Congress and keeping the majority.
“Whip Scalise is proud to serve alongside Speaker Ryan and fully supports him to remain Speaker,” said Lauren Fine, Scalise’s spokeswoman. “Our whole leadership team is focused on working with President Trump to deliver more conservative wins for the country, and also ensuring we keep the majority so we can continue implementing President Trump’s agenda that is getting our economy back on track.”
Ryan leaving is a good thing for the GOP.
Will it happen?
Time will tell…
***UPDATE (9:33pm EST, 03/28/2018)
Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong is denying the report.
From Journal Sentinel:
Later Monday, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong issued a statement saying “‘The speaker is not resigning.”
The Politico Playbook daily newsletter played down the report with the “Bizarre” headline.
It noted a Washington Post report that Amodei a “backbench Republican.”