Wisconsin state Sen. Dave Craig won’t run for Ryan’s seat
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state Sen. Dave Craig says he won’t run for the congressional seat being vacated by House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Craig said in a tweet Friday night that the timing isn’t right for his young family. Craig used to be an aide to Ryan.
Other Republicans still considering a run include Bryan Steil, a close Ryan family friend and University of Wisconsin regent. State Rep. Samantha Kerkman also is looking at a run.
Republicans are searching for someone to rally behind after Ryan’s abrupt retirement announcement on Wednesday. They hope to distract from the candidacy of Paul Nehlen, a far-right conservative banned from Twitter for posts criticized as racist or anti-Semitic.
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus have also declined to run.