Rep. Cynthia Lummis Says Ryan Gaining Speaker Support
Wyoming congresswoman Cynthia Lummis says she believes Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) will soon have enough support to be elected as the next speaker of the U.S. House.
Rep. Lummis is a member of the ''Freedom Caucus" of about 40 very conservative house Republicans which met with congressman Ryan on Wednesday about the speakership.
The congresswoman says Ryan will meet Friday with two other Republican house groups. Those include the ''Tuesday Group" of moderate Republicans, and the ''Republican Study Group" which is a large and diverse group of GOP house members.
Congresswoman Lummis says she believes Ryan will end up winning the support of all three groups. She says a house vote on the next speaker will likely be held on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.
She adds Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) may also be a candidate when the vote is actually held, and there may be other candidates. She says Representative Webster ''is a fine man" and "would be an extraordinary speaker".
Whoever is elected speaker will succeed Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) in that role. Boehner recently announced he is stepping down.