After Friday’s final House votes, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cut a path through a pack of reporters down the Capitol steps and into a waiting car.
“Really, I don’t have anything more to add or say. Nothing’s changed. Right now, I’m just going to catch my flight so I can make it home for dinner,” said Ryan, 45, a father of three school-age children.
Ryan drove off, headed to Janesville, Wis., and, for the moment, away from the growing clamor among his Republican colleagues that he run for House speaker after two weeks of intense chaos since John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) announced he would step down from the job.
Earlier in the day, Republicans gathered in the Capitol to plot a way out of the morass. Ryan seemed to be at the center of nearly every potential scenario, but he did not address the meeting, which lasted more than 90 minutes. In fact, Ryan did not speak at all.