If you've been following the events surrounding the race for Speaker of the House at all lately, you've probably heard Paul Ryan's name mentioned. A lot.
But at this point, it looks like Congressman Ryan has two major objections to entering the race for the Speaker position. For one, it appears that he feels he may be able to make more of a difference by remaining Chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means committee. Nothing unusual there -- almost any politician will make decisions based on where they can influence the most power to craft national policy. But it's the second reason that stands out.
In September, after Speaker John Boehner announced he would be retiring from Congress, Wisconsin Radio Network quoted Ryan: “This is a job where you are expected to be on the road about a hundred days a year... Our kids are 10, 12 and 13, and I’m not going to do that."
One of the rising stars in national politics, given a chance to become the most powerful man in Congress, says no -- because he wants to be able to spend time with his family.
As the Washington Post pointed out, you don't see that too often.
America needs more men like Paul Ryan. We need more men who care more about their families than they do about power, fame, and fortune.
That is why I appreciate Congressman Ryan's reservations about running for the Speaker position. I hope he continues to hold that position. I don't say this because of his politics, his policies, or because I have another Speaker candidate in mind that I'd prefer over Ryan. I say this because America needs more fathers who are there for their kids.
Congressman Ryan, I want to thank you for setting an example for dads across America -- and, if you hold to your decision, I bet your kids will too.