I always steered far away from reporting on “rumors” when I worked for a living as a print journalist.
The worst kind of rumors came from people with no direct knowledge of the tidbit they were passing on.
Still, this item is worth a brief note here. U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, a Nevada Republican, told a Nevada news station that House Speaker Paul Ryan is considering resigning his House seat and that the next speaker will be Rep. Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican lawmaker who was seriously wounded in a shooting involving GOP congressmen who were practicing for a charity baseball game.
Ryan’s office denies the speaker will quit. Which is what you expect them to say.
The Hill reported: Amodei, who is not a close ally of Ryan’s, emphasized that he was just repeating a rumor. But the on-the-record comments from a Republican lawmaker — and the suggestion that Ryan could resign before the midterms — made waves on Monday, briefly crashing the Nevada Newsmakers website.
Ryan might be looking ahead to those midterm elections across the country and the possibility that Democrats could reclaim the majority in the House of Representatives; that, of course, would hand the speakership over to a Democratic House member.
Might it be that Ryan wants out before the so-called “blue tide” washes him out of office?
Hey, it’s only a rumor. Then again …