Dem rep Tim Ryan: 'I have not ruled out' bid for Speaker

Dem rep Tim Ryan: 'I have not ruled out' bid for Speaker
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Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanReport: 50 Dem House candidates oppose Pelosi for speaker Dustbin 2020: The best Dems who surely won’t get the nomination Dem rep Tim Ryan: 'I have not ruled out' bid for Speaker MORE (D-Ohio) on Monday said he has “not closed the door” on running for Speaker of the House.

Ryan told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson that Rep. Joseph Crowley's (D-N.Y.) primary loss in June against up-and-coming star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez prompted him to consider running for Speaker.

“We’re going to have these conversations, I think, after the election,” he said.

Democrats are hoping to flip 23 seats in midterm elections in November to retake the House from Republicans. House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanVulnerable Republicans include several up-and-coming GOP leaders Trump ally suspends reelection campaign Congress should prohibit members from serving on company boards MORE (R-Wis.) has announced his retirement and said he will not seek reelection this year.

Ryan had said last month that Democrats needed to re-evaluate the future of the party's leadership following Crowley’s primary.

As the No. 4 House Democrat, Crowley had been seen as a possible successor to Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDem mega-donor to spend M on GOTV campaign ahead of midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Trump heads to New York to shore-up GOP districts Pelosi claims NBC is trying to 'undermine' her potential Speaker bid MORE (D-Calif.), who has served as Democratic leader in the House for more than a decade.

“The Crowley race changed a lot for a lot of us,” Ryan told Politico in an interview last month. “There was a lot of assumption that he was going to be moving forward in leadership, and so losing that election put everybody in a state of mind to reevaluate what was happening.”

Ryan also told Politico at the time that several colleagues had approached him about mounting a challenge to Pelosi, but he added that he “wouldn’t get in unless I thought I could win.”

Ryan, who has served in the House since 2003, ran for minority leader in 2016, garnering about a third of the caucus’s votes. He is among a number of Democrats who have called for new leadership in the party to replace Pelosi.

On the Republican side, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRepublicans have spent .5 million at Trump properties since he took office: report Trump ally suspends reelection campaign Dems seek GOP wipeout in California MORE (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRepublicans and Democrats alike face troubling signals from voters Ex-OSU wrestler walks back accusations against Jordan: I don’t know if he 'directly' knew about abuse GOP chairman readies Steele dossier subpoenas MORE (R-Ohio) have each announced their intentions to run for Speaker.