By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)
WASHINGTON — After repeatedly insisting that he had no interest in becoming speaker of the House, Republican Rep. Paul D. Ryan was seriously considering the job Friday.
He had little choice. The wonkish Wisconsin congressman and former vice presidential nominee is seen as the GOP’s best hope to calm the chaos in the GOP-controlled House after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., abruptly pulled out of the race to replace retiring Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, amid a conservative backlash.
As House Republicans met privately Friday in the Capitol basement to assess the fallout, the hard sell to recruit Ryan spilled into open pleadings that he run.…