Former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has declared she will assist the primary bid of Wisconsin business executive, Paul Nehlen, in his campaign to oust sitting House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Stating it was “not a wise decision” for Ryan to keep back support for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, Palin, in a reference to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, ousted by Tea Party challenger Dave Brat in Virginia in 2014, averred:
“I think Paul Ryan is soon to be ‘Cantored,’ as in Eric Cantor. His political career is over but for a miracle because he has so disrespected the will of the people, and as the leader of the GOP, the convention, certainly he is to remain neutral, and for him to already come out and say who he will not support is not a wise decision of his.”
Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if she intended to actively support the House Speaker’s challenger, Palin responded: “I will do whatever I can for Paul Nehlen.”
Palin indicated Ryan’s refusal to offer support for Trump jeopardizes his chances to seek the GOP nomination in 2020.
The last time a sitting House Speaker was defeated in a re-election bid was 1994, when House Democrat and 15-term incumbent Tom Foley was unseated by GOP challenger, Washington attorney George Nethercutt.
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