Rep. Steve King stunned congressional insiders Friday when he announced that several of his colleagues were actively “considering” removing Speaker Paul Ryan from office ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, reports the Hill.
“It’s kind of odd that he has as much power as he has,” said King.
“But I do predict, and it is happening, that that power is diminishing. I also have got information that there are — I’ll say ‘members’ — I say that plurally, with knowledge, that are considering introducing a motion to vacate the chair,” King added. “If they do that, that will throw this place into a tizzy and force the kind of election for a Speaker that may bring out someone who is a lot stronger on this.”
Speculation surrounding Ryan’s future as Speaker has been swirling since he announced his impending retirement earlier this year, with many calling for new leadership as GOP voters make their pitch to voters this fall.
“From the time that Paul Ryan announced that he would be retiring at the end of this Congress, his juice has been diminished day by day by day,” King added. “It’s not a personal thing. It’s just a function of how things work.”
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