- The Washington Times - Friday, October 9, 2015

Rep. Reid Ribble announced Thursday that he is resigning from the House Freedom Caucus, making him the second Republican to leave the conservative group since its founding.

The Wisconsin Republican said he’s resigning over the group’s role in the GOP leadership debate following Speaker John Boehner’s resignation announcement, Roll Call reported.

“I was a member of the Freedom Caucus in the very beginning because we were focused on making process reforms to get every Member’s voice heard and advance conservative policy,” Mr. Ribble said in a statement. “When the Speaker resigned and they pivoted to focusing on the leadership race, I withdrew.”

Mr. Ribble’s announcement came the same day Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly removed his name from consideration for the House speaker position, largely due to conservative concerns that his leadership would be an extension of Mr. Boehner’s, The Hill reported.

The Freedom Caucus proved a critical factor in the decision, as the group had endorsed Florida Rep. Daniel Webster for the position just a day earlier.

Mr. Ribble’s resignation comes after California Rep. Tom McClintock left the Freedom Caucus in September over disagreements on the group’s strategy to vote against any resolution that funded Planned Parenthood, Roll Call reported.

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