The moderate wing of the GOP is concerned that if the House cannot coalesce behind Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) or someone like him as speaker, some of the more pragmatic members of the caucus will retire, the National Journal reported Monday.
“Depending on how this shakes out, you may see some Main Street members retire,” Sarah Chamberlain — chief operating and financial officer for the Republican Main Street Partnership, which supports moderate GOP lawmakers — told the National Journal. “They’re hoping for a Ryan-type candidate. But if it’s not and it becomes a huge mess, why be sitting here?”
Two of the most vocal GOP critics of the conservative hardliners who have been roiling House leadership suggested to National Journal that the thought of retirement was weighing on members’ minds, even if they themselves weren’t currently considering stepping down.
“A lot has been put on hold in both ways—people deciding to run again, or not run again,” Rep. Pete King (R-NY) told National Journal, while saying he personally is not considering retiring “because you can’t give in.”
Likewise, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) said he was “preparing as if I’m running for reelection right now.”
“But we’ll see what happens. The next two months are going to be pretty intense,” Dent said.