Among the politicians who are pressing House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI 1st) to reconsider his refusal to run to replace Speaker John Boehner is former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA), his running mate in the 2012 Presidential Campaign.
The driving passion to which Romney referred is Paul Ryan's aspiration to radically reform the tax code during his possible six year term as Chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
An added factor is that Mr. Ryan is a family man with young children , who goes back to his home district each weekend. For him, the problem with the contemporary Speaker's role is that it includes lots of fundraising, which would mean time away from family.
The revolt against Boehner which prompted his resignation and the bloc voting by the Freedom Caucus which made Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy's bid to become Speaker uncertain makes it seem like the Speaker's Race is a Game of Thrones. Even Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) who has great respect for his colleague Paul Ryan understands why he may not want the Speaker's job.
Representative Ryan flew back to Wisconsin over the Columbus Day recess to spend time with his family and root for the Green Bay Packers back in the land of Cheeseheads. Presumably, Ryan will weigh the needs of his family along with the demands of his party.