Janesville, Wis.

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

Ryan won’t run: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan this week joined the grow­ing avalanche of Repub­li­can con­gres­sional re­tire­ments, an­nounc­ing that he won’t run for re-elec­tion this fall. Ryan’s re­tire­ment is the loud­est alarm bell yet that the GOP’s House ma­jor­ity could be in jeop­ardy. With many House Repub­li­cans fac­ing dif­fi­cult races against en­er­gized Demo­cratic op­po­nents, more than 40 are leav­ing their seats to re­tire or run for other of­fices, and fur­ther GOP re­tire­ments are now ex­pected. One hour af­ter Ryan’s an­nounce­ment, Rep. Den­nis Ross of Florida an­nounced that he would be re­tir­ing as well. Ryan, whose frus­tra­tions try­ing to rec­on­cile main­stream con­ser­va­tives and hard-right mem­bers in his cau­cus are well known, in­sisted that he’s not leav­ing be­cause he fears los­ing the speaker’s gavel. “You all know I did not seek this job,” Ryan said. “I have no re­grets.”

Bow­ing out

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