Despite attempting to keep it a secret, Paul Ryan’s wish to retire from his life in Washington after the completion of the 2018 midterm elections has surfaced.
According to Politico, Ryan’s inner circle revealed the House Speaker is strongly considering leaving his post after the midterms.
Despite several landmark legislative wins this year, and a better-than-expected relationship with President Donald Trump, Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker. He consults a small crew of family, friends and staff for career advice, and is always cautious not to telegraph his political maneuvers. But the expectation of his impending departure has escaped the hushed confines of Ryan’s inner circle and permeated the upper-most echelons of the GOP.
Politico reported that Ryan was tiring of his political life even before he became speaker, and had been mulling over how he would escape. Ryan reportedly never considered his position as Speaker a long-term gig and decided he would serve long enough to see the Republicans through the 2018 midterms.
Ryan was tiring of D.C. even before reluctantly accepting the speakership. He told his predecessor, John Boehner, that it would be his last job in politics—and that it wasn’t a long-term proposition. In the months following Trump’s victory, he began contemplating the scenarios of his departure. More recently, over closely held conversations with his kitchen cabinet, Ryan’s preference has become clear: He would like to serve through Election Day 2018 and retire ahead of the next Congress.
However, Ryan has not come forward to confirm anything, as telegraphing his moves may become dangerous to the GOP.