At the end of a friendly Republican candidate forum at Minnesota’s state fair, Representatives were asked a simple question; “Do you plan to vote against Paul D. Ryan continuing his speakership?”
Four Republicans declined to support the speaker of the House, but instead offered criticism of Ryan’s leadership.
State Representative Tim Miller said, “I think he’s going in the wrong direction.”
“I would prefer someone else,” said commercial pilot Dave Hughes.
“We’ll see who runs for speaker,” said businessman Jim Hagedorn.
Last, St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber said, “He might not even run for speaker.”
Republicans, are expected to make the unpopularity of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi a key campaign issue in the 2018 midterms. Many remain confident that the “speaker” question breaks their way.
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Jesse Hunt added in as well. He pointed out that Pelosi’s negative image assisted Republicans in winning 2017’s four competitive special elections.
Hunt said, “Nancy Pelosi’s team appears quite concerned about her current political standing — but who can blame them after four more losses under their belt?”
He continued, “Speaker Ryan has been instrumental in the passage of key House legislative items and the successful election of four new Republican members in 2017. We’re thankful for his leadership.”
Public Polls, however, have revealed that Ryan’s favorability ratings are going under, and have been going under since the Republican party attempted to repeal ObamaCare.
After Democrats lost a special election in Georgia’s 6th District, Pelosi said, “His numbers are no better than mine. The difference is we don’t engage in the politics of personal destruction.”
The reluctance in Minnesota, although, came from its districts that are split down the middle. Many of which, voted for Republicans in 2016, but sent a Democrat back to Congress.
Jim Hagedorn, one of Ryan’s critics, said, “In the next Congress, we hopefully hold our majority, and there will be an election a week or two after that election. We’ll see who runs for speaker. Until then, you have to be very cautious about what you do. A lot can happen in a year in a half.”
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