October 28

GOP Officially Backs Ryan

The GOP today officially endorsed Paul Ryan, who now wants to go officially by Paul D. Ryan, to be the next Speaker of the House. The Speaker votes will be cast on Thursday, and despite a very tumultuous past few weeks, Ryan has decided to take on this prestigious, powerful position.

Although originally promising that he would not seek the position to be Speaker of the House, there seems to have been a bunch of backdoor meetings that changed his mind. Ryan, after running in the 2012 presidential election as Romney’s VP, is easily one of the better known names in the House of Representatives. In his forties, he in young, and dedicated to economic reform on the federal level to get the country back on track (Ayn Rand is one of his heroes). Furthermore, Ryan has tackled issues such as poverty and welfare.

While there originally was a strong push for Ryan, many far right conservatives are now labeling him as a RINO (Republican in Name Only). The lesson from this label is that in a democratic system, you can never make everyone happy. But for the majority, there is excitement throughout Capitol Hill as Ryan looks to the most powerful position in the House.

Here is the statement the GOP pushed out in regard to Ryan

“Paul Ryan is the right person, at the right time to lead the House of Representatives during this critical period in our country’s history. Paul is a family man and a personal friend who Sally and I have been blessed to know for many years,” said Chairman Reince Priebus. “Paul is also a conservative leader who has selflessly dedicated himself to making this country a better place for all Americans and I know that will be his driving focus as our next Speaker.”