Why can’t Ryan’s motivation be believed?



PRACTICALLY DANCING in the streets of towns in the 1st Congressional District after the district’s representative and speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, announced his current term would be his last.

Pundits speculated Ryan recognized the so-called “blue wave” sweeping the nation jeopardizing his chances for an 11th term.

We doubt that. Polls showed Ryan could have essentially coasted to victory in November in a district with a Republicanmajority population.

Few want to accept Ryan’s stated reason for not running again - to spend more time with his growing family - as genuine.

Granted, there is a cynical skepticism among the population when a politician says they’re giving it up to become just a family guy. It’s not uncommon to think there’s got to be some skeleton lurking in the closet somewhere. But Ryan achieved his signature goal of tax reform and there had been speculation that he’d resign once that was accomplished, but promised Wednesday that he’d finish his term.

Ryan reiterated his motivation to not seek another term was because of his kids in an interview on “CBS This Morning.” “You know why? ‘Cause our kids aren’t getting younger,” Ryan told CBS’s Gail King. “I gotta tell you, Gail, I’ve had so many people in their 50s, 60s and 70s tell me, ‘I wish I spent more time with my kids.’ Well, my kids have only known me their entire lives as a weekend dad. And now they’re teenagers in or about to be in high school.”

Ryan’s retirement is the most high-profile of two dozen Republicans who have announced they won’t seek another term in Washington. And Democrats hope to seize the opportunity the way Republicans did in the 2010 midterm elections. His pending departure makes for an intriguing race in this district for his replacement.

Ryan’s desire to be home with his family isn’t unique. Former Vice President Joe Biden, when he was a senator, commuted via Amtrak from his home in Delaware to Washington almost daily. Parents whose job forces them to be away from a growing family for long stretches of time can appreciate Ryan’s desire to not be remembered by his kids as he phrased it, a “weekend dad.”

We’ll take him at his word. — Kenosha News, April 13

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