I’m sure by now you have seen the news that Paul shared with his colleagues this morning: after heart-felt discussions with his family, he has decided this will be his last term in Congress.
Paul said in part: “I will be leaving to set new priorities in my life. But I will also be leaving incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished. When I took this job it was actually one of my conditions: that we have to aim high. That we have to do big things. That we have to fashion an agenda…run on it…win…and execute that agenda. I am so proud that that is what we have done and are doing.”
On top of that, Paul penned an op-ed today explaining his decision here. Please see an excerpt below:
Hopefully, I have left things better than I found them. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished. I’ve tried to be civil by respecting others and showing what it means to be “Wisconsin nice” even in hostile Washington, D.C. I may have disagreed with others’ opinions, but I tried to set an example by not questioning their character when doing so.
Regardless of my title, in every circumstance, I have aimed to do my best, to be on target. I did not always hit the bull’s eye. My words didn’t always match my intentions. But I tried to learn from my mistakes and listen to others. Through it all, serving you was my objective, and I’ll continue to work tirelessly for you until my term ends.
In addition, he will talk more about this decision at 1 PM CT during an interview with Dana Perino on Fox News, and 3 PM CT on CNN with Jake Tapper. Hopefully you can tune it.
Everyone on this email has known Paul for a long time, and recognizes that first and foremost, he is a husband and a father. While this was not an easy decision for him, it came down to him wanting to put his family first after nearly 20 years in Congress. His three children have now all entered their teens, and he doesn’t want to be just a “weekend dad” for their entire childhoods. He also did not want to seek re-election to this seat unless he was committed to serving another term, and this was his way of being honest with you, the people that he cares about most and has served since 1998.
To be clear, Paul is not resigning. As he said today, he wants to “run through the tape,” and accomplish a number of legislative goals over the next seven months. He’s going to stay active in Wisconsin too and work hard for Republicans up and down the ballot this fall. On top of that, while he won’t endorse in the primary, he knows how important it is that we keep this seat in Republican hands, and we plan to do everything possible to make that happen.
Lastly, and most importantly, on behalf of the Ryan Team: Thank You! It cannot be said enough how appreciative that Paul is for everything that the people on this email have done for him over the years. It’s been an amazing journey, that’s still not over, but it would not have been possible without you and the support you offered. Thank you and we look forward to connecting you with Paul in the very near future.