The chairman of the House GOP’s campaign arm said Wednesday there could be other Republican lawmakers ready to make retirement announcements — but insisted it “won’t be a lot.”
In an interview with MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” National Republican Congressional Committee head Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, sounded upbeat in the wake of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s announcement he won’t run for reelection.
“I am convinced that there won’t be a lot of other retirements coming,” Stivers told host Chuck Todd.
“Okay, but you don’t rule out that more may come. But you think you will keep it under 10?” Todd asked.
“Oh, I think for sure,” Stivers replied. “You know, I thought there would be potentially two more.”
“I knew about Dennis, he and I had been talking since January,” Stivers said, a reference to Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., who announced his retirement on Wednesday as well.
“You never know until they file.”
He also acknowledged the Wisconsin Republican’s fundraising skills — acknowledging Ryan raised $40 million for the party — but that GOP Reps. Kevin McCarthy of California and Steve Scalise of Louisiana will be “ready to pick up the slack.”
“It’s all going to work out,” he said.
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