Speaker Paul Ryan told his House Republican colleagues Wednesday that he will not seek another term in Congress, ending what will be a three-year run as the Republican leader and creating a power vacuum in the Republican ranks heading into a difficult midterm election.
Ryan's retirement presents the House GOP many open questions. He already has fundraisers planned well into the spring. Will big-dollar donors still fork over six-figure checks to the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Congressional Leadership Fund if Ryan is leaving Will Ryan remain a lame duck speaker until after the November elections? Or will he be pressured to schedule leadership elections in the coming weeks?