May 25, 2017
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Delavan businessman to challenge Ryan


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BY JILL TATGE-ROZELL
jrozell@kenoshanews.com


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Paul Nehlen, a Tea Party-aligned candidate from Delavan, announced this week he will challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan in the Republican primary to represent the 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin.

The partisan primary election is Aug. 9. The general election is Nov. 8.

“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,” Nehlen is quoted as saying on his campaign website.

Nehlen is the senior vice-president of operations at Neptune Benson in Lake Geneva. The company is a water filtration and UV disinfection systems manufacturer, and Nehlen holds several patents for industry technologies.

Nehlen also established his own small business in Wisconsin — Blue Skies Global LLC — and, as an inventor, holds several patents.

In a social media post Wednesday, Nehlen accused Ryan “of aiding and abetting President Obama in an array of dangerous immigration policies.”

“Leadership at both the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have acknowledged that they have little to no solid intelligence on the backgrounds of those about to enter our country,” Nehlen wrote. “We have a significant problem here and need to behave accordingly. Ryan simply isn’t going to make that happen.”

Nehlen is expected to officially file his candidacy papers Friday. Susan Jacobson, a Ryan campaign spokeswoman, said she would not comment about Nehlen’s candidacy before he became an official candidate.

Two Democratic candidates have also emerged in an effort to unseat Ryan.

Iraq War veteran and former Army Officer Ryan Solen, of Mount Pleasant, announced his candidacy earlier this year. He joins Democrat Tom Breu, of Janesville, who announced his candidacy the day after Mitt Romney and running mate Ryan lost the 2012 race for the presidency.


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