Gingrich: Ryan could ‘resemble Boehner’ if not careful

Gingrich: Ryan could ‘resemble Boehner’ if not careful

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Sunday said Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanStudents arrested protesting gun violence outside Paul Ryan’s office Parkland father calls out Trump, McConnell, Ryan after Santa Fe shooting GOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan MORE (R-Wis.) to be “very cautious” with his decision on whether to run for Speaker.

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Gingrich said the choice has serious implications for Ryan’s political future and that he could wind up with a similar political fate as outgoing Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE (R-Ohio).

“I think Paul should be very cautious,” Gingrich, who served as Speaker from 1995 to 1999, said on "Fox News Sunday." “He is the most prestigious member of the House on the Republican side, he has the best future, he’s still very young. It’s easy to get 218 on the first vote, and then you get to keeping the government open through a continuing resolution, and then you get to the debt ceiling, and if you’re not careful, by Christmas you resemble John Boehner.”

Ryan initially denied any interest in the Speaker position, but GOP leadership in the House is pressuring him to run.

Gingrich said BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE made it more difficult to govern in the House by getting rid of earmarks and punishing dissent rather than rewarding loyalty.

“We’ve gone through a period of centralization, where more and more power was residing in fewer and fewer people, and they try to then deal with people by punishment,” Gingrich said.

“In free societies, it’s very difficult to try to govern by punishment, and what it leads to is things like the Freedom Caucus,” he added.

Gingrich said dissatisfied Republicans in the House have their fingers on the pulse of the nation.

“Sixty percent of Republican voters say they disliked the leadership in Congress, 2 percent said they strongly approved. Two percent is a statistical error,” Gingrich said. “You’re living in a world where I would argue the turmoil in the House is closer to where the country is.”

“I don’t think it’s my party. I think it’s the country,” Gingrich said.

Boehner postponed the election for his successor after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suddenly dropped out of the race last week.