in the last several days I have had quite a few calls with my former colleagues who were positioning for lower leadership positions which were already open. At no time did a race for Speaker come up because it was assumed, universally, that Speaker Ralston would remain. That’s to say this comes as a surprise for the majority of House Members and therefore there are a lot of members of the House who are in shock today.
Everyone knows that I have had my disagreements with Speaker Ralston over the years. Now isn’t the time to rehash those things. Because I know how much he loves serving as Speaker, this must have been a very difficult decision. He must be hurting.
And so, like I have on so many occasions before this one, I offer a prayer for David Ralston. For his health and recovery. For his comfort. For his peace.