The Ohio Democrat is challenging Nancy Pelosi for House Minority Leader…
Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan announced Thursday he would challenge Nancy Pelosi for the top Democrat post in the House. Ryan had quietly grumbled about leadership in the fallout of last week’s disastrous 2016 elections for Democrats, and called for new, younger leadership.
The announcement brings renewed scrutiny on the little-known 43-year-old from Niles, Ohio. On Twitter, reporters appear to be loaded for bear with opposition research on Ryan.
“Tim Ryan’s already a longshot,” Politico’s Kyle Cheney wrote. “[B]ut would the caucus ever actually consider someone who was anti-abortion rights until 2015?”
“Dem aide suggests TimRyan’s challenge to Pelosi is a ‘publicity stunt’ to run for Gov. He’s tinkered w/running for gov & senator before,” wrote Fox News’ Chad Pergram.
And while Pergram also noted Ryan hadn’t paid his Democrat Caucus dues, the most damaging story from Ryan’s past is likely his public intoxication arrest.
In August 2012, Ryan was arrested in Lexington, Virginia for public intoxication. A Ryan spokesman confirmed the arrest to the Washington Post, but adamantly defended his boss’s sobriety at the time.
“Congressman Ryan made clear at the time of the citation and ever since that he was not intoxicated, and we’re pleased that the court agreed and dismissed the case,” spokesperson Pat Lowry said in 2012.
Ryan, who says he was attending a wedding, refused a breathalyzer test, was released on his own recognizance, and later pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The misdemeanor case was dismissed by a court in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
NTK Network has exclusively obtained Ryan’s arrest records:
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