House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., has announced that he will not seek re-election this year – but Ryan is reportedly facing intense pressure to give up his leadership position right now to prevent the move from dividing Republicans during a contentious midterm election year.
“Scuttlebutt is that Paul will have to step down from [the] speakership soon,” one unnamed source close to leadership told Axios’ Jonathan Swan and Mike Allen. “Members won’t allow a lame duck, he’ll have no leverage to cut deals, and the last thing they need in this environment is six months of palace intrigue and everyone stabbing everyone else in the back.”
Swan and Allen said a senior GOP House member predicted, “He will be gone by the end of July.”
One issue could be that major political donors who have contributed to Ryan will want to see him exit early for