Committee to draft U.S.' Ryan for president closing

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Posted: Mar 11, 2016 1:22 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group that has been trying to draft U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan as a Republican presidential candidate announced on Friday that it is shutting down, a day after Ryan's political operation sent the organization a cease-and-desist letter urging a halt to its activities.

In a statement, the Committee to Draft Speaker Ryan said it had become "increasingly clear that the Committee’s efforts, however well intended, could become an unwanted distraction to the Speaker's current responsibilities." Ryan has said he does not want to run for president this year and has disavowed the Draft Ryan group.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Chris Reese)