On October 29, 2015, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was elected to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. After a grassroots movement within the Republican Party was able to successfully get John Boehner out of office, the vote to become the next Speaker eventually went to Ryan, with the support of every Republican controlled caucus in the House of Representatives.
For some, Paul Ryan represented a strong compromise to balance the more moderate, GOP establishment with the more conservative Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. Additionally, being only 45 years old, he was viewed as one who can appeal to the younger generation of Americans. However, certain Representatives still had strong reservations regarding Ryan.
The Speaker’s résumé includes having been Mitt Romney’s running mate during the 2012 election, had Chaired the essential House Ways and Means Committee, and had been in Congress since 1999. Many grassroots conservatives still are not to ecstatic regarding the idea that the career politician should be House Speaker.
Yesterday, the House of Representatives officially voted for the Speaker of this upcoming Congress. Although this year’s election was not contested within the Party, only one member of Congress was still willing to vote against Speaker Ryan.
Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie, who is a leading voice in the liberty movement has developed a reputation of constantly making the lives difficult of Republican Party leadership. Massie went to Twitter to explain his disappointment in his fellow Representatives who did vote Paul Ryan for Speaker.
Americans vote for change and Congress votes for Paul Ryan?
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 3, 2017
With Massie’s vote, it is clear that just because the GOP now has control over both chambers of Congress and the Presidency, he will continue to press Party leadership. However, it is interesting that other members were not willing to join along with him. For example, Massie typically votes in tandem with Michigan Representative Justin Amash, who did vote for Ryan this time around.
What do you think? Should others have joined Massie in voting for a different option for Speaker? Let HYPELINE know what you think in the comments!