Political Notes – Speaker Ryan is retiring from Congress

[private]U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) announced Wednesday he will not run for another term in the House, ending a 20-year career in Congress.

“You realize that this job doesn’t last forever,” Ryan told reporters after informing his staff of his momentous decision.

“I have accomplished much of what I came here to do, and my kids aren’t getting any younger,” Ryan said. “What I realized is if I serve for one more term my kids will only have known me as a weekend dad.”

Ryan, 48, was also the Republican Party’s vice presidential candidate in 2012 on a ticket with Mitt Romney. An Ayn Rand disciple, Ryan accomplished one of his major goals with the passage of a huge tax cut for corporations late last year.

He has been speaker since 2015, when he succeeded John Boehner, who was essentially forced into retirement.

“You all know that I did not seek this job, I took it reluctantly,” Ryan said. “But I have given this job everything that I have. And I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility.”

Ryan’s retirement is another troubling sign for Republicans who already face the prospect of Democrats winning control of the House in this year’s elections. More than 23 GOP incumbents have already said they won’t run for another term.

In Georgia, two Republican incumbents have several Democrats running for the right to oppose them: Karen Handel in the 6th Congressional District and Rob Woodall in the 7th District.

Ryan brushed aside that possibility: “If we do our job, as we are, we are going to be fine as a majority,” he said.

Two Republicans considered to be the likeliest candidates to replace Ryan are House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

“In a town that can be both cynical and self-centered, today I witnessed my friend Paul Ryan not only talk about values but live them out,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville).

GCV reformulated

Georgia Conservation Voters (GCV) discontinued its operations in 2013 but it is rebooting to again work for the election of candidates with conservative values.

Colleen Kiernan, former head of the Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club, is the director of the reformulated GCV.

She says that the organization will build slowly and strategically with a focus on the Georgia General Assembly and a goal to inform and mobilize conservation voters throughout the state.

Senate honors Zell

Georgia Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue praised the Senate passage of a resolution they offered honoring the life of former Georgia Governor Zell Miller, who passed away on March 23.

“The State of Georgia and the United States are deeply indebted to Zell Miller for his passion as an educator, lifelong dedication to public service, and commitment to improving the lives of all of the people in the State of Georgia and in the United States,” the resolution reads.

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