With Paul Ryan reportedly stepping down from his role as House Speaker, rumors have been circulating that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise might replace him after becoming a conservative household name last year when a Bernie Sanders-supporting socialist tried to assassinate him and several other GOP congressmen.
According to Politico, Rep. Scalise (R-LA) has fought a long-hard battle on the way to recovery, having been just “millimeters away from death in June after a gunman’s bullet ripped through his hip and pelvis, injuring internal organs during an early morning softball practice.” The congressman most recently ditched his electric scooter and now walks with crutches. He also has no feeling in his left shin, and he can barely flex his left foot because of nerve damage caused by the bullet. His determination in the face of such adversity, including his refusal to back downfrom supporting the Second Amendment, has earned him the respect of several House Republicans who are now pushing him behind closed doors to campaign for the House Speaker’s slot.
“One member recently introduced Scalise to donors as ‘the next speaker of the House,'” reports Politico. “And the talk bubbled to the surface this week when two GOP lawmakers — Reps. Mark Amodei of Nevada and Mo Brooks of Alabama — vocalized what others have whispered privately for weeks.”
“The rumor mill is that Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve Scalise will be the new speaker,” Amodei said.
Read more at the Daily Wire.