Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) has confirmed to Breitbart News through a spokeswoman that he is running for Speaker of the House against Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Webster, the former Speaker of the Florida House, told Breitbart News in an emailed statement that he is still running despite the entire Washington establishment pushing for Ryan’s candidacy.
“I am committed to governing in a principled, member-driven manner,” Webster told Breitbart News on Monday evening. “I am running for Speaker because the transformation of the way we do business is possible if we seize this opportunity.”
Several House Republicans—at this time more than 10, perhaps more than 20, and maybe even 30 or more—are planning to support Webster’s candidacy against Ryan’s on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday. While anything can change between now and the end of the week, Webster is the only other candidate against Ryan for Speaker—and the only candidate who has received an official endorsement from the House Freedom Caucus. While the Freedom Caucus has not endorsed Ryan—80 percent support from its membership would have been required to do that—it did issue a statement after meeting with him last week that a “supermajority” of its members would be open to a Ryan Speakership.
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