Ryan to stump for GOP House, Senate candidates
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.
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin plans to hit 17 states before Election Day.