New Mexico’s three U.S. House representatives struck significantly different tones today when taking on the topic of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement.
The Wisconsin Republican – among the most powerful people in the U.S. – surprised Washington early Wednesday when he announced he would not seek reelection to another term in November.
Rep. Steve Pearce, a conservative Freedom Caucus member who has clashed with mainstream GOP House leadership over spending and other issues in the past, nevertheless voted for Ryan for Speaker in 2015 and praised his colleague on Wednesday.
“Serving as the Speaker of the House is not an easy job,” Pearce said. “Paul Ryan hit the ground running with the goal of achieving fiscal reform, and he did just that by working with Congress and the President to get the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed and signed into law. I offer my congratulations and appreciation for his steadfast leadership. As a Congress, we must remain dedicated to building our nation’s economy and preserving the values that guide us towards prosperity.”
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, took a more political and pointed aim at the Speaker.