WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-04) reacted to Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan’s announcement that he will run for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I am delighted that Paul Ryan has formally announced his run for Speaker of the House,” said Cole. “There is quite simply no one better prepared or better positioned to lead our party and the Republican Conference during this time than Paul. I am confident that he will win an overwhelming majority in Conference-wide elections next Wednesday followed by another impressive showing when the entire House votes the next day.
“There is no doubt that Paul’s decision to serve comes at considerable sacrifice—both personally and politically. However, the fact that he is willing to step up and assume this challenging position at such a difficult time speaks to his personal and political character. In the days and months ahead, I will do everything I can to support him as he carries out his duties as Speaker.
“Furthermore, anyone smart enough to marry an Oklahoman and name his hunting dogs ‘Boomer’ and ‘Sooner’ has my complete and unqualified support,” concluded Cole.