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Careful, Paul Ryan, your true colors are showing!
Paul Ryan, who ran alongside RINO Romney as VP candidate back in 2012 and made a show of refusing to move his family to Washington, D.C. during his time as Speaker of the House – has just broken his own vow and is moving his family from Wisconsin to D.C!
Not only that, but he actually transferred $7 million from his political campaign account (since he decided not to run this round) into his personal non-profit American Idea Foundation. Because, somehow, that’s allowed!
I guess you can take the creature out of the swamp, but you can’t take the swamp out of the creature…and he’ll always return to the swamp!
Trump's words from July ring even more true now.
Politico has more details on Ryan's move and (mis)use of campaign funds:
"Now in the private sector, Paul and his family are temporarily renting a house in Maryland, and he’ll be spending time there as well as their family home in Janesville," a Ryan aide told POLITICO.
The move will place the Ryan family close to the sisters of Janna Ryan, the former speaker's wife, who live in the D.C. area.
Ryan is not selling his family home in Janesville, and his American Idea Foundation will be based in his hometown.
But for a man who prided himself on going back to Janesville each weekend, the move is notable.
Ryan studiously avoided putting down roots in Washington during his two decades in Congress, famously sleeping in his office. He consistently made clear that his career was based in the nation's capital by necessity, not choice, and has worn his Wisconsin pedigree as a point of pride.
In recent months, Ryan has taken pains to detach himself from politics. In the late spring and early summer, he transferred more than $7 million from his political accounts to his nonprofit, the American Idea Foundation. In addition, the former speaker has taken a seat on the board of directors of Fox Corp., the parent company for entities like Fox News, Fox Sports and Fox Television. Ryan is on the compensation committee.
The Washington Examiner also said:
Paul Ryan, the former speaker of the House, is planning on moving his family from Wisconsin to Washington, D.C.
"Now in the private sector, Paul and his family are temporarily renting a house in Maryland, and he’ll be spending time there as well as their family home in Janesville," an aide to Ryan, 49, told Politico.
The 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee has said he will not be selling his house in his home state but his decision to return to Washington — a city he always said he inhabited only on sufferance and out of duty to his constituents — inevitably raises the possibility of a political comeback, or a lucrative lobbying, corporate or consulting role.
Ryan's unexpected move comes after the former congressman finished a career in Washington in which he avoided permanent residence in the city. Ryan even continued to sleep in his office while he was speaker of the House.