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Wisconsin lawmakers react to Speaker Boehner's resignation


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Rep. Paul Ryan is not interested in replacing Rep. John Boehner as speaker of the House of Representatives.

Boehner announced Friday that he will be resigning at the end of October. Ryan's spokesman says the Republican from Janesville is not interested in the post. Ryan is chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Ryan says in a statement that Boehner's decision to step down is "an act of pure selflessness."

He calls Boehner "a great leader of the Republican Party and the House of Representatives."

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner said Friday on WTMJ radio that Boehner ended up "being the scapegoat" for not being able to overcome filibustering Democrats in the U.S. Senate.

Sensenbrenner calls the speaker's job "thankless."

Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement:
“Speaker Boehner has been a friend since the days we served on the House Education and Workforce committee together. He was tasked with making Congress function, but was often stopped at every turn by members of his own party who refused to work together to get to yes. In light of this frustration I am not surprised he is stepping down. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.” 

Rep. Sean Duffy released the following statement:
"As one of 11 children from a working class Catholic family, John Boehner is the epitome of the American dream. He worked his way from his Father’s bar to the 3rd most powerful post in this country. His strong Midwestern worth ethic and devout Catholic faith have served him well in his political career and allowed him to follow his heart and conscience regardless of his critics concerns. I value his leadership, I am grateful for his friendship, and Rachel and I will always appreciate the extra care he showed our family. I wish him all the best as he turns his full attention to a far more important role, grandpa." 

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