Politics: The Search for the New Speaker

In the wake John Boehner’s departure from the Speaker of the House of Representatives role, Republicans have been searching for a new leader in the House. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was the front-runner for the position, but surprised his fellow Republicans when he announced on October 8th that he would be withdrawing his bid to replace Boehner. His candidacy was damaged after he seemed to suggest in an interview that the Select Committee on Benghazi, which was assembled by Republicans to investigate the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Libya, was intended to damage Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential poll numbers. McCarthy has acknowledged that his statement was part of his decision for pulling out of the race, though he will remain in his post as House Majority Leader.

Republicans are now rallying to recruit Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), former vice-presidential nominee and current Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Though he has broad support among conservatives and moderates, Ryan has insisted repeatedly that he is not interested because he wants to spend more time with his wife and three children. “It is his oxygen to be here and be with this family” said Ryan’s wife, Janna, “That’s what drives him, keeps him centered.”

Contributor: Cai Redmond

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