Congressman Adrian Smith says Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan would make a fine Speaker of the House.
It appears, Ryan, the former Republican Vice Presidential nominee, is ready to accept the nomination of Speaker.
“I think Paul Ryan would do a great job and I think his willingness to step forward shows his willingness to lead out of a desire to serve,” Smith tells reporters during a conference call.
Smith says Ryan isn’t just seeking a title and states Ryan gets the big picture.
A strong majority of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative Republicans, has voted to endorse Ryan as Speaker, succeeding Ohio Representative John Boehner who is leaving Congress.
Ryan now serves as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the powerful tax-writing committee. Smith serves on the committee.
Smith says Ryan was a good fit.
“Granted, I liked Paul Ryan as committee chairman, because he’s great at the policies that we’re trying to tackle on the Ways and Means Committee,” Smith says. “Although, I kind of like the idea of our committee chairman becoming Speaker.”
Smith doesn’t read too much into the contingencies Ryan issued before deciding to run for Speaker.
“As Paul has indicated, being chairman of the Ways and Means Committee; that’s his dream job,” according to Smith. “For him to step away from that, I would characterize it, I can’t speak for anyone else, but I would characterize that as a bit of a sacrifice.”