Paul Ryan Considering Resigning in 2018
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CNN’s Phil Mattingly reports that House Speaker Paul Ryan is considering resigning after the 2018 midterm elections after two years serving as speaker.
Paul Ryan ‘Soul Searching,’ Possible He Could Leave Congress After 2018 Elections
- House Speaker Paul Ryan has been in that job since October 2015
- Politico reported Thursday that he’s considering leaving after next year’s elections
(CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan has had soul searching conversations about his future with friends, some of his close friends tell CNN.
Those people close to Ryan told CNN they believe it is possible that he could leave Congress after the 2018 midterm elections, if he can achieve his goal of passing GOP backed overhaul of the US tax system. Some say his departure could possibly happen even sooner. Some friends indicate that Ryan may be suffering from a bout of “Trump-haustion,” but others believe there is serious contemplation of leaving Congress in 2018.
According to people close to Ryan, the idea that he would resign immediately after tax reform, because it’s all he’s ever wanted, is not accurate. Ryan particularly dislikes the toll the job takes on his family, according to multiple sources.
Politico published a report Thursday attributed to unidentified sources that Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, has made clear to those around him that he “would like to serve through Election Day 2018 and retire ahead of the next Congress.”
Ryan vehemently denied the report, telling reporters that he is here to stay.
“I ain’t goin’ anywhere,” Ryan told reporters while exiting the Capitol when asked about the retirement rumors.
Ryan’s office expanded on his denial of the Politico report.
“This is pure speculation,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement. “As the speaker himself said today, he’s not going anywhere any time soon.”
President Donald Trump called Ryan following the release of the Politico story, a Ryan aide told CNN. “The speaker reassured the President ‘I’m not going anywhere!’ the aide said.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy completely dismissed the Politico report as “not true.”
Ryan has been speaker of the House since October 2015.
McCain Eyes Exit from Senate Amid ‘Stress’ from Growing Trump Dossier Scandal
John McCain is reportedly preparing to pull back from the U.S. Senate, according to Beltway insiders who say new demands to answer for his role in either underwriting or promoting the Trump phony dossier are stressing the Arizona senator’s fragile health.
It is not clear whether McCain plans to outright retire from the Senate or simply focus on his Stage IV cancer treatments away from Washington, D.C. but many GOP insiders believe McCain’s last days in the Senate are close.
Likely, McCain will not return after the Christmas break, many folks have privately confided.
McCain has been away for the Senate all week, missing votes and debate about a number of topics including tax cuts.
This is not the fist time McCain has sought medical treatment after his role in recent anti-Trump scandals have heated up.
It is hard to tell if McCain’s health is genuinely declining or not because he has played that card often to slip and slide out of answering questions for his role in Fusion GPS’ bogus Trump dossier.
- Emergency surgery.
- Late stage cancer diagnosis.
- Bad Achilles.
- Boot on the wrong foot.
- The wheelchair.
- Now the hospital.
McCain could in fact need all these medical devices and treatments. Or they could be props. Historically, McCain has been proven to simply lie. So it is hard for many to trust what he claims.
A few weeks ago when McCain had vanished due to health reasons — again avoiding questions about the Trump dossier — he turned up in Italy slamming President Donald Trump.
What is a guy with advanced brain cancer doing on a weekend junket to Italy if he is supposed to be treating his disease?
That is the problem with folks who use illness for political gain: You never can tell if they are truly sick and if you criticize them for play acting when they are sick, then you can be easily labeled as insensitive. A guy like McCain is savvy enough to exploit such grey area.
Here is the news video of what was reported at the time of his diagnosis:
Perhaps McCain will be back after the break, but this time there seems to be a growing chorus that his days in the Senate are winding down.
This from CNN on Thursday regarding McCain’s health:
The sources described McCain as looking increasingly frail and said he has not spoken up in recent GOP meetings the way he had before, in addition to his absence this week for treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center.
HMMMM?: A List of Legislators LEAVING the U.S. CONGRESS and U.S. SENATE by Retiring, Running for Other Office, RESIGNING, or Not Running Again
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By Adam Levy, Wade Payson-Denney and Ashley Killough, CNN
Updated 2:58 PM ET, Mon December 4, 2017
Washington (CNN)This fall has seen a steady stream of Republican House members announcing their plans to resign, retire or run for another office.
As moderate Republican members Dave Reichert and Charlie Dent prepare to leave Congress, conservatives want stronger allies in their seats, while Democrats see an opportunity to flip them.
Democrats need to pick up 24 seats to retake the majority from Republicans, who’ve maintained control of the House since 2011.
The campaign committees on both sides are eying the 23 Republicans defending districts that Hillary Clinton won, and the 12 held by Democrats in districts that President Donald Trump won as vulnerable seats to flip.
While midterm elections are historically tough for the party of the President in power, it’s too early to tell how things will unfold next year.
US Representatives Leaving Congress
Resigned or resigning
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R, UT-3); left House on 6/30/17 to become a Fox News contributor (Republican Rep. Jim Curtis won the special election November 7 and was sworn in last month)
Rep. Tim Murphy (R, PA-18), announced via statement on 10/4/17, will leave on 10/21/17 (Special election TBA)
Rep. Pat Tiberi (R, OH-12), announced via statement on 10/19/17, will leave “by January 31, 2018” (Special election TBA)
Rep. John Conyers (D, MI), announced via talk news radio 12/05/17
Running for other office
Running for President
Running for Governor
Running for the Senate
Senators Retiring or Resigning
Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), Retiring 2018
Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), Retiring 2018
Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota), announced Resignation 12/07/17
BALLOTPEDIA’S List of U.S. Congress incumbents who are not running for re-election in 2018
This lists the incumbent members of the 115th U.S. Congress who are not running for re-election in the 2018 Congressional elections (both U.S. Senate and U.S. House).
U.S. Senate members
U.S. House members
As of December 10, 2017, a total of 36 representatives will not seek re-election to their U.S. House districts.
Incumbents retiring from public office
|Bob Goodlatte||Republican||Virginia, District 6|
|Carol Shea-Porter||Democratic||New Hampshire, District 1|
|Charles W. Dent||Republican||Pennsylvania, District 15|
|Dave Reichert||Republican||Washington, District 8|
|David Trott||Republican||Michigan, District 11|
|Frank LoBiondo||Republican||New Jersey, District 2|
|Gene Green||Democratic||Texas, District 29|
|Ileana Ros-Lehtinen||Republican||Florida, District 27|
|Jeb Hensarling||Republican||Texas, District 5|
|Joe Barton||Republican||Texas, District 6|
|John Delaney||Democratic||Maryland, District 6|
|John J. Duncan, Jr.||Republican||Tennessee, District 2|
|Lamar Smith||Republican||Texas, District 21|
|Luis V. Gutierrez||Democratic||Illinois, District 4|
|Lynn Jenkins||Republican||Kansas, District 2|
|Niki Tsongas||Democratic||Massachusetts, District 3|
|Sam Johnson||Republican||Texas, District 3|
|Sandy Levin||Democratic||Michigan, District 9|
|Ted Poe||Republican||Texas, District 2|
Incumbents seeking other offices
U.S. House members seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate
|Beto O’Rourke||Democratic||Texas, District 16|
|Evan Jenkins||Republican||West Virginia, District 3|
|Jacky Rosen||Democratic||Nevada, District 3|
|Kyrsten Sinema||Democratic||Arizona, District 9|
|Lou Barletta||Republican||Pennsylvania, District 11|
|Luke Messer||Republican||Indiana, District 6|
|Marsha Blackburn||Republican||Tennessee, District 7|
|Todd Rokita||Republican||Indiana, District 4|
U.S. House members running for governor
|Colleen Hanabusa||Democratic||Hawaii, District 1|
|Diane Black||Republican||Tennessee, District 6|
|Jared Polis||Democratic||Colorado, District 2|
|James B. Renacci||Republican||Ohio, District 16|
|Kristi L. Noem||Republican||South Dakota, At-Large District|
|Michelle Lujan Grisham||Democratic||New Mexico, District 1|
|Raul R. Labrador||Republican||Idaho, District 1|
|Steve Pearce||Republican||New Mexico, District 2|
|Tim Walz||Democratic||Minnesota, District 1|
Congressional incumbents who left office early or have announced upcoming resignations
|Name:||Party:||Most recent office:|
|Al Franken||Democratic||U.S. Senate, Minnesota|
|Jason Chaffetz||Republican||U.S. House, Utah, District 3|
|Jeff Sessions||Republican||U.S. Attorney General|
|John Conyers, Jr.||Democratic||U.S. House, Michigan, District 13|
|Michael “Mick” Mulvaney||Republican||Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget|
|Mike Pompeo||Republican||Director of the CIA|
|Patrick J. Tiberi||Republican||U.S. House, Ohio, District 12|
|Ryan Zinke||Republican||U.S. Secretary of the Interior|
|Tim Murphy||Republican||U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 18|
|Tom Price||Republican||Former Secretary of Health and Human Services|
|Trent Franks||Republican||U.S. House, Arizona, District 8|
|Xavier Becerra||Democratic||Attorney General of California|