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Chaffetz: ‘I Would Not Run Against Paul Ryan’ for House Speaker

In yet another indication that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would have far-reaching support among his caucus if he chooses to run for Speaker of the House, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who has already declared his candidacy for the top post in the House, said on Friday that he would withdraw from the race if Ryan seeks the position.

“No, I would not run against Paul Ryan,” Chaffetz told reporters on Capitol Hill. “…I’m a huge fan of Paul Ryan. I would support Paul Ryan. I would hope that he would do it.”

The powerful chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform added, though, that the right person for the job is “someone who actually wants to do it.” Ryan has consistently said he does not want to be Speaker of the House, but according to new reports, the former GOP vice presidential nominee is now considering throwing his hat into the ring.

“He is certainly, in my mind, the most qualified person to do it, and I’d hope he’d do it,” Chaffetz added.

Chaffetz decided to run for Speaker because he believed that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — who dropped his bid on Thursday after realizing that he did not have the full support of his GOP colleagues — did not deserve an “automatic promotion.” He also suggested McCarthy has poor communication skills and would not actively promote the party’s agenda.

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