Ryan 'still not running' for Speaker

Ryan 'still not running' for Speaker
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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems see Kavanaugh saga as playing to their advantage How does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act MORE (R-Wis.) is "still not running for Speaker," a spokesman said Friday.

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Brendan Buck said that "Chairman Ryan appreciates the support he's getting from his colleagues," but emphasized that the 2012 vice presidential nominee wouldn't seek to replace outgoing Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBlue wave poses governing risks for Dems Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker MORE (R-Ohio).

Ryan first said he wouldn't run for Speaker after BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBlue wave poses governing risks for Dems Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker MORE announced his resignation last month, and then reiterated he didn't want the job after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) surprisingly backed out of the race.

But a host of GOP lawmakers have said that Ryan is the one House Republican who can unite their fractured conference, and it's unclear whether another statement will stop them from lobbying the Ways and Means chairman to take the Speaker's gavel.