Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy as his successor for speaker

Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy as his successor for speaker

Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner, a Republican, was enthusiastic about Paul Ryan's endorsement of Kevin McCarthy as the next speaker of the House. Ryan claimed he has made a decision to not to seek reelection strictly so he could spend time with family, though many speculate that he stepped down to avoid the midterm election, where the Democrats have a very good chance of taking the House of Representatives from the Republicans.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) announced April 11th that he has decided not to seek reelection.

"We all think Kevin is the right person to become Speaker", Ryan said in an interview NBC's Chuck Todd on Friday. "This leadership team has done that, and so I really do envision a more seamless transition, versus say the time when I came in".

McCarthy's status as Ryan's heir apparent could bolster the Bakersfield congressman's already-strong fundraising prowess, helping him keep his fellow California House Republicans afloat as Democrats try to seize back control of the chamber.

Another name circulating as a possible Ryan replacement was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was wounded by a gunman past year.

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The 53-year-old was first elected to the House of Representatives in California's 22nd District in 2006 with more than 70% of the vote.

The leader of the conservative group, Rep. Mark Meadows, has said relations with McCarthy have since improved. Ryan is one of many high profile Republicans to retire, including Trey Gowdy, Jason Chaffetz, and Darrell Issa.

Ryan said during an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" that McCarthy should take the speaker's gavel after Ryan leaves Congress in January.

The move helps elevate the No. 2 House Republican in a bid to replace Ryan and potentially heads off a messy and protracted leadership battle before the midterm elections.

McCarthy has worked to cultivate a positive relationship with Trump, who initially crowed when McCarthy dropped out of the speaker's race in 2015.

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