Congressman Don Bacon has high praise for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan who announced he is retiring from Congress at the end of his current term.
Congressman Bacon says, “I think Paul Ryan is a man of integrity. He really stands out. He is so candid and honest with people. We are going to miss that. I always appreciated when he would lay out some tough policy decisions that had to be made, what we wanted to achieve, what we could possibly achieve and a strategy to get there. I always found him to be a man of his word.”
Several other high profile Republicans like Trey Gowdy and Darrell Issa are also leaving the House. Democrats are now hoping for a “blue wave” to take over Capitol Hill this fall. Congressman Bacon says there are some concerns. He says, “If you just go by historical norms of the party of the first-term president only loses 30 seats in that mid-term. That is the norm. We have a 24 seat majority so we know that we have, just going through the historical odds, we have a lot of work to do.”
However, Congressman Bacon says the Republican Party has a lot going for them as well. He is optimistic because the economy is picking up. We also have the highest GDP growth we gave seen in a while, low unemployment and higher wages. He says the concentrate on those issues the party has a good campaign moving forward.