Moments ago, it was reported that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has been telling those close to him that he plans to retire after the 2018 midterm elections.
Ryan’s plan is reportedly to serve through Election Day of next year and retire before the next Congress. This will give him one more year to chase his second white whale, entitlement reform, while using his unrivaled fundraising prowess to help protect the House majority—all with the benefit of averting an ugly internecine power struggle during election season.
Ryan has reportedly never loved his job, as those close to him say he compares it to running a daycare center. Moving home next year will allow 48 year-old Ryan to keep promises to family; his three children are in or entering their teenage years, and Ryan, whose father died at 55, wants desperately to live at home with them full-time before they begin flying the nest.
Just last month, Ryan said that he hardly thinks about job security because House Speaker isn’t a position he even wanted to hold.
“No, because it’s not a job I ever wanted in the first place,” Ryan said on the subject of job security. “If I was dying to be speaker, I guess it probably would be a dagger over my head. But I don’t think like that.”
Though Ryan has also said that he’s not planning to go anywhere, his statement is a textbook political lie.
“Next year is going to be the year where we work on people. Next year is the year we work on getting people where they need to get in life, in better jobs, an actual career, closing the skills gap,” said Ryan. “When we have tens of millions of people right here in this country, falling short of their potential not working, not looking for a job or not in school getting a skill to get a job, that’s a problem. So that’s why we need to tackle these things.”
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