Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen announced Tuesday that he is the tea party
-allied candidate who is challenging House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in the
Republican primary, saying he’s “had it” with the speaker betraying
Sources first confirmed to The Washington Times earlier this week that a
wealthy businessman was mounting a primary challenge to Mr. Ryan in
Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, but Mr. Nehlen did not reveal his
identity until now.
“Paul Ryan’s embrace of big government spending, his continued support of
illegal immigration and imported workers, and his championing of the job-
killing trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership betrays me, this
district, and this nation,” he said.
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“He’s failed to put America’s security and American jobs first. I’ve had
it. We’ve all had it,” said Mr. Nehlen, a successful executive,
entrepreneur and inventor who previously donated to Mr. Ryan’s campaigns.
“Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have become front-runners in this presidential
election cycle because they have dared to communicate an anti-establishment
message. They won’t be alone,” he said. “I will bring the fight straight
to one of the most powerful establishment players in Washington, taking him
on right here in Wisconsin’s 1st District. Paul Ryan is a career politician
. It’s time that career came to an end.”
The campaign said that Mr. Nehlen would file his candidacy papers Friday.
Mr. Nehlen serves as senior vice president of operations for a leading water
filtration and disinfection technologies company, and helped relocated
manufacturing jobs from Canada to the U.S., including moving several product
lines to Wisconsin.
As an inventor, he holds several pattens for filtration and manufacturing
technologies, including processes that are involved in 3D printing.
He lives in Delavan, Wisconsin, with his wife, Gabriela.
The emergence of a viable Republican challenger in the district is the
culmination of a months-long recruitment effort by tea party activists who
say they were double-crossed by Mr. Ryan when he passed a $2 trillion
spending package late last year.
A political adviser close to Mr. Nehlen has acknowledged that it won’t be
easy to defeat Mr. Ryan, who was the party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee
, currently ranks as one of the most powerful Republicans in Washington and
has more than $5 million in his campaign war chest.
The businessman is prepared to put a substantial amount of his personal
fortune into the campaign, according to the adviser.
While it’s often an uphill run, there is precedent for a tea party
challenger toppling a member of the House Republican leadership. Eric Cantor
, while serving as majority leader, lost his seat in a Richmond, Virginia,
suburb in a 2014 primary upset to tea-party-backed Dave Brat.
However, Mr. Ryan’s predecessor as speaker, John A. Boehner, easily
defeated a tea-party-backed primary challenger the same year in Ohio. At the
time, Mr. Boehner faced widespread opposition from conservatives and a
revolt in the House Republican conference, which ultimately prompted him to
resign in October.
Mr. Ryan did not seek the speakership, but was drafted by conservative and
mainstream House Republicans who saw him as a unifying figure who could mend
the divide in the conference.
2Good. Paul Ryan will stay neutral for a while.
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: Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen announced Tuesday that he is the tea party
: -allied candidate who is challenging House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in the
: Republican primary, saying he’s “had it” with the speaker betraying
: Sources first confirmed to The Washington Times earlier this week that a
: wealthy businessman was mounting a primary challenge to Mr. Ryan in
: Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, but Mr. Nehlen did not reveal his
: identity until now.
: “Paul Ryan’s embrace of big government spending, his continued support of
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: Good. Paul Ryan will stay neutral for a while.