WASHINGTON DC – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is officially running for Speaker following demands he made of House Republicans this week to unify behind him.
Ryan said he would not run for Speaker unless all three of the major House GOP factions endorsed him: the hardline Freedom Caucus, conservative Republican Study Committee and centrist Tuesday Group:
[…] House Republicans will vote behind closed doors Oct. 28 to nominate a Speaker. A full House vote to formally elect a new Speaker is slated for the following day, Oct. 29.
Ryan had previously rejected pleas from colleagues to run for Speaker after John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced he would step down from Congress. But after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly dropped out of the race earlier this month, pressure grew on Ryan to run for the job. (read more)