Ryan to stump for GOP House, Se­nate can­di­dates

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 - By Paul Kane

WASH­ING­TON — House Speaker Paul Ryan is poised to launch a fran­tic cross-coun­try tour over the fi­nal five-week stretch be­fore Elec­tion Day aimed at sav­ing the GOP’s con­gres­sional ma­jor­ity.

The Wisconsin Repub­li­can will hit 17 states and 42 cities from Texas to Florida to New York while rais­ing money and stump­ing for more than a dozen House and Se­nate can­di­dates, ac- cord­ing to his po­lit­i­cal ad­vis­ers.

Ryan’s ap­pear­ances will in­clude many pub­lic events with Repub­li­cans who are fac­ing dif­fi­cult re-elec­tion prospects.

The whirl­wind trek comes as Ryan has de­fied even his own pre­dic­tion that he would not be the same type of vo­ra­cious fundraiser as his pre­de­ces­sor, John Boehner, ROhio, who re­tired last Oc­to­ber. In just 11 months since tak­ing the speaker’s gavel, Ryan has raised more mon- ey than Boehner did in any two-year elec­tion cy­cle for the ben­e­fit of House Repub­li­cans, ac­cord­ing to Ryan’s po­lit­i­cal team.

“Team Ryan,” the um­brella com­mit­tee that runs all of the speaker’s po­lit­i­cal en­ti­ties, has trans­ferred more than $30 mil­lion to the Na­tional Repub­li­can Con­gres­sional Com­mit­tee since its in­cep­tion in late Oc­to­ber 2015. The most money that “Team Boehner” trans­ferred to the NRCC came in 2011 and 2012, with about $21 mil­lion shifted to the GOP’s cam­paign arm.

The NRCC en­tered Septem­ber with more than $65 mil­lion cash on hand, about $20 mil­lion more than at that stage of the 2014 cam­paign. Its coun­ter­part, the Demo­cratic Con­gres­sional Cam­paign Com­mit­tee, had more than $63 mil­lion to start last month fol­low­ing sev­eral enor­mous fundrais­ing months once Don­ald Trump be­came the de facto Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

While most swing-seat Repub­li­cans are hid­ing from Trump on the cam­paign trail, Ryan is in high de­mand. He will even make cam­paign stops on be­half of sev­eral sen­a­tors run­ning for re-elec­tion with whom he once served in the House: Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Rob Port­man, R-Ohio, and Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Ryan’s pre-elec­tion tour will kick off with events in his home state of Wisconsin, on be­half of Sen. Ron John­son and Mike Gal­lagher, the GOP nom­i­nee to suc­ceed re­tir­ing Rep. Reid Rib­ble.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin plans to hit 17 states be­fore Elec­tion Day.

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