Expanded on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 12:38 a.m.
Mack is a real estate mogul estimated to have a net worth of app. $300 million.
Mack is the “honorary chairman” of “a super PAC called the Committee to Draft Speaker Ryan.”
“The presidential race has descended into little more than a schoolyard scuffle with poll after poll showing Donald Trump losing to Hillary Clinton in the general election,” said Mack, who has already reportedly put $1 million of his own money into the effort.
Fortunately, Ryan is not interested… yet.
On Friday, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said the House speaker is “flattered, but not interested.” And on Monday, a Ryan representative pointed to a letter one of Ryan’s lawyers had sent to the FEC to act as “a formal disavowal of the organization and its activity.”Undaunted, Mack was giving interviews yesterday night on cable news (CNN, if memory serves), on his support for Ryan, in which neither he nor the interviewer mentioned Paul Ryan’s disavowal.
Ryan is not involved with the super PAC “in any way,” the letter said, and “it is the speaker’s sincere hope that donors and supporters are not confused by, or misled into supporting, this organization.” [“USA: Earle Mack Starts Super PAC to Draft Paul Ryan for President,” by Politiscope, March 8, 2016.]