Ryan's 2016 Role: GOP Frontman, RainmakerApril 19th 2016
Paul Ryan may not be running for president this year, but he’ll still play a critical role in GOP election efforts this fall, and events last week provided the script.
In a hastily scheduled press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters last Monday, the House speaker attempted to permanently stamp out rumors Republicans might draft him as their presidential nominee at the convention this summer. He then quickly pivoted back to where he’s been for months, talking about his policy vision for the Republican Congress and his wish to be an “optimistic party” that is “defined by our solutions.”
“This job provides a platform to communicate a conservative vision for our country, and I’m intent on using it,” said the Wisconsin Republican. “Not for me, but for my House colleagues and for all those who believe that conservatism holds the key to a more confident America.”
Hurd Outraises Gallego in New Fundraising ReportsApril 17th 2016
WASHINGTON — The money race for Texas’ only competitive congressional seat is heating up.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, raised about $511,000 in the first quarter of this year. This number far overpowers the $312,000 haul of his rival, Democratic ex-U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego of Alpine.
The two men are squaring off for a rematch in November to represent the sprawling 23rd congressional district in southwest Texas. Hurd defeated Gallego by a two-point margin in 2014.