Breitbart News will be bringing live updates here from inside the chaotic House GOP leadership battle as the political establishment attempts to draft Rep Paul Ryan, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, for Speaker of the House.
“If he [Paul Ryan] decides to run, he’d be an amazing speaker,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who dropped out of the Speakership race on Thursday amid rumors of a scandal, said on Friday.
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner is pushing Ryan for Speaker too.
But the House Freedom Caucus, a senior GOP aide to a senior Freedom Caucus member told Breitbart News, is unlikely to line up behind Ryan. “He’s not a real conservative,” the aide said in a phone interview on Friday morning.
The entire mainstream media and Republican establishment–even Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who has signaled he would consider a speakership bid–is lining up behind Ryan. Issa attempted to push Ryan to run for the Speakership on Friday morning.