Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy as next speaker

Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy as next speaker

But Scalise hasn't ruled out seeking the job if McCarthy fails to nail down the 218 votes that will be needed to elect a speaker when the new Congress convenes in January.

Scalise has said he wouldn't run against McCarthy, a longtime friend.

So far, despite speculation over a possibly contentious battle brewing between the two, McCarthy and Scalise have stayed above the fray.

While Ryan may prefer McCarthy take over as speaker, several wild cards could derail the coronation. The House Freedom Caucus will likely use the chaos to gain leverage in negotiations, as they seek to push the Republicans in the House towards their tea party ideology. Ryan also has had to navigate a sometimes contentious and often complicated relationship with President Donald Trump. "The California Teacher Association and the California Labor Federation endorsed our campaign this week; those are the endorsements that matter, not those of Paul Ryan", Matta said.

Representative Jim Jordan, a co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, whose members have at times clashed with Ryan and other Republican leaders, said he is also open to pursuing the role of speaker.

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Many Republicans see maintaining control of the House as their biggest concern, a goal that could be more hard amid an intraparty fight. He went as far as to deliver the president a jar of Starbursts a year ago with all but the pink and red sweets picked out - just as Trump likes it.

Ryan told NBC he believes he will hand over the House speaker post to his successor, not the House minority leader job in a Democratic-majority chamber.

In negotiations over last year's tax reform bill, McCarthy was instrumental in watering down provisions slashing the mortgage interest and state tax deductions, which hit California harder than nearly anywhere else in the country - although critics say the final bill was still bad for the state.

Ryan's endorsement for McCarthy is only the first word on the race, of course. "Having a speaker from California can be nothing but helpful to the state".

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