If Rep. Paul Ryan truly expects a unified Republican Party before agreeing to serve as Speaker of the House, he might need to brace himself for disappointment.
In a meeting with Republicans on Tuesday, Ryan made it clear that he would consider the position, provided the party was willing to meet certain demands, including his request for a “work/ life balance” as speaker.
That family-oriented demand, however, sparked a pretty unexpected controversy on social media, reported Twitchy.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 21, 2015
Talk radio host and Fox News contributor, Laura Ingraham, was unsurprisingly skeptical of a Ryan Speakership, but it was her criticism of his request for a family-time that seemed to catch social media off guard.
Our country is in a crisis and we need Republican leaders willing to unconditionally offer their service to the country. — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 21, 2015
@IngrahamAngle I know you don’t like Ryan and that is certainly defensible, but we need people who don’t think DC is everything.
— wernet (@wernet) October 21, 2015
Ingraham’s harshest criticism of Ryan’s planned “family time” was eventually deleted, but not before stirring up more controversy among conservatives.
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) October 21, 2015
@gabrielmalor Maybe if Congressmen/women spent more time w/family they will have less time tp meddle in taxpayer’s lives.
— Terry Ann (@terryannonline) October 21, 2015
@gabrielmalor I had to do it for 24 years in the Navy, why not a member of congress — Proud American Vet (@AmericanVet3) October 21, 2015
Paul Ryan says he’ll be Speaker if it doesn’t cut into the 235 days of family time the House gets off each year under GOP leadership.
— Aღanda (@GrnEyedMandy) October 21, 2015
It seems the Republican Party isn’t quite ready to unify behind the Wisconsin Representative, indicating the Ryan’s demands might not easily be met.
As it turns out, maybe he’ll be able to spend that time with his family after all.