Did you wonder this morning if Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made his decision about running for House speaker?
If so, you’re certainly not alone. Social media was abuzz over the weekend with speculation about Ryan’s plans. The Ways and Means Committee chairman is receiving pressure to run for speaker after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly withdrew his name from contention on Thursday. As of last week, the talk was that Ryan might make a decision over the weekend.
So much for that idea. Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck tweeted Monday morning not to expect news from his boss this week:
Ryan is currently the top choice for speaker among many Republicans, but some conservatives have been cool to the idea saying their concern is not who is speaker but whether rank-and-file members will have more of a say in the legislative agenda. As a week of congressional recess begins, Ryan is back home in Janesville, Wis., mulling whether to jump into the race.
Here’s a follow-up exchange between Buck and Ashley Parker, a reporter for the New York Times, after Buck wrote his tweet (as a side note, Parker seemed to refer to Buck in a recent story about Bitmoji as “the lanky political flack with the wry smile”):