Conservatives Quarrel Over Paul Ryan and Speaker Vote


Influential conservative group and Tea Party-tied organization FreedomWorks is calling for the Republican dominated House to postpone its leadership vote over House Speaker Paul Ryan and his handling of the “chaotic” 2016 election, as well as his rift from Republican nominee Donald Trump. Threats are being renewed that Ryan could be ousted.

After the group broadcasted the message Monday to wait until December to vote, FreedomWorks leader Adam Brandon said Tuesday the push is a call for members “to reassess and reflect” after a “historically long, chaotic election cycle” and how Speaker Ryan played into that. “This is not a pro-Ryan or anti-Ryan,” said Brandon. “There’s just no reason to rush. It’s a delicate process. Take your time and get it right.”

Brandon believes Ryan should  “fight for fiscal sanity and conservative priorities” upon returning to Capitol Hill, especially when it comes to a government spending bill and overall delivering on conservative wish list items.

The House leadership has not played into the consideration of postponing the vote. “They’re trying to gin up contributions. I get it. But as for the substance of it, I cannot take it seriously,” said Republican strategist Rob Carter. “The House Republican Conference will hold its leadership vote like it always does. Paul Ryan does not lack for support from Republicans with the exception of a handful trying to disrupt.”

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