(PresidentialHill.com)- Former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will campaign for Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), one of the ten Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump following the Capitol assault on Jan. 6, 2021.
Ryan said that Tom Rice is a man of character, a man of conviction, and a leader who consistently prioritizes the interests of South Carolina. He is a legislative workaholic with a lengthy track record of supporting policies that build the economy, rein in out-of-control spending, and create opportunities for families and businesses.
The former congressman said Tom is a tireless and successful South Carolina champion. When Republicans win the House majority in 2022, he’ll have a tremendous influence, and he’s excited to tour across the 7th district with him.
On Wednesday, Ryan will speak at a Rice luncheon in Florence, South Carolina.
After Ryan became Speaker in 2015, Rice, an accountant with a decade in Congress, took Ryan’s seat on the influential House Ways and Means Committee. He is presently a ranking member of the Oversight Subcommittee of the committee.
Most political analysts were surprised by his support of impeaching Trump.
Rice remarked after the impeachment vote that he had always stood behind the President through thick and thin for four years. He ran a campaign for him and voted for him twice. But that all changed.
In the primary against Rice, Trump supported South Carolina state Rep. Russell Fry, describing him as a “strong warrior on Election Integrity.”
Trump said Rice abandoned his folks by bowing to Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left. Trump added while backing Fry that Rice “actually voted against me on Impeachment Hoax #2.”
Five other Republican candidates are contesting rice’s primary.
Rice has raised the most money among the contenders, with over $2 million on hand at the year’s end of the first quarter. At the time, all of the other contenders had less than half a million dollars.
However, an early May internal survey conducted by Fry’s team revealed Fry leading Rice 39 percent to 23 percent among prospective GOP primary voters.
The primary elections in South Carolina will be held on June 14th.