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WILL POLITICAL NOVICE UNSEAT NINE-TERM SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 7, 2016) — On Tuesday, August 9, businessman Paul Nehlen and Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan will compete for the seat in Wisconsin’s first congressional district in a race which has garnered intense national media attention in recent weeks.
On Saturday evening, a source close to the Paul Nehlen for Congress campaign told The Post & Email in an exclusive interview that “I think we still have a real and growing shot at winning. This could be the story of the summer.”
The state of Wisconsin allows “open primaries,” meaning that a voter need not be registered with the primary candidates’ party in order to cast a vote.
Nehlen, who is new to politics, has had recent media coverage at Politico; the International Business Times; with Lou Dobbs at the Fox Business Channel; an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Channel; and on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), among other outlets.
In response to a poll published at The Hill on Friday reporting that Ryan leads Nehlen by 66 points, Nehlen wrote on Saturday, “Ryan’s camp is clearly nervous about us creeping up on him this week, so they put out this bogus poll showing, literally, unbelievable numbers to try to rain on our parade. Don’t believe this poll any more than you believe a Paul Ryan promise to get tough on the border.”
Nehlen said that Friday’s poll was conducted by Jeff Roe, “a YUGE Paul Ryan supporter.”
“If you read beyond the horse race numbers that the media couldn’t wait to blare, you’ll find that 90% of the people polled were in urban Milwaukee, with the other 10% coming from urban Madison – both of which account for only a TINY sliver of the entire district!” Nehlen added.
There have been no polls published on the race since May until Friday’s report by The Hill.
Nehlen has been highly critical of Ryan’s failure to secure the U.S. borders and on July 9, “held a press conference on Saturday in front of Paul Ryan’s border wall surrounding his Janesville mansion.”
Later in the month, Nehlen held a second rally outside of Ryan’s fortified home to include a number of “angel moms” whose children have been murdered by illegal aliens.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and best-selling author, conservative columnist and commentator Ann Coulter have endorsed Nehlen, the latter of whom is campaigning for him over the weekend, as have Michelle Malkin and the YouTube dynamic duo, Diamond and Silk.
The Post & Email’s source said that Nehlen “has one of the best ground games of any congressional primary in the United States of America this summer.”
Last week, Nehlen and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump exchanged tweets, although Trump ultimately endorsed Ryan on Friday evening. In response, Nehlen remarked, in part:
Bottom Line: In endorsing Mr. Ryan on Friday night during his speech in Green Bay, Mr. Trump proved he’s the leader we need to unite the Republican Party and win in November.
He needs to squash Hillary. And I need to beat Ryan. Because if Clinton and Ryan are elected in November, Ryan will rubber stamp Hillary’s agenda in January.
On Thursday, Breitbart reported that Ryan declined a Fox News interview request and that Ryan was “running scared” in the final days leading up to Tuesday’s primary.
On December 31, 2008, a Janesville General Motors plant ceased operations, laying off approximately 1,150 of 1,200 employees, according to CNS News. Upon accepting the 2012 vice-presidential nomination as Mitt Romney’s running mate, Ryan said, “My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.”
In May 2009, the remaining 50 employees were laid off, and GM made plans to sell the empty building and an accompanying 250 acres.
An NPR interview of the producer of a 2012 documentary about the plant closing characterized it as having resulted in “wrenching changes.”
A video posted at Nehlen’s website depicts a farmer, Chris Burgard, who grew up in the district, which he said was once economically prosperous. However, Burgard reported, “Now in Janesville, poverty’s at 15%…one in five people can’t afford to feed themselves. One in five people can’t afford to put a roof over their heads.”
Burgard said that he and Nehlen visited the Mexico-U.S. border over which an untold amount of drugs are smuggled into the U.S. each year, revealing that Nehlen purchased surveillance and other equipment for county sheriffs of border counties “because it was the right thing to do, and because the government and Speaker of the House would not give those sheriffs what they needed to stand up to the Mexican drug cartels.”
Burgard supports Nehlen for having restored jobs to the U.S. by “showing the corporations how they could make a better profit by using American workers.” According to Burgard, it’s been Nehlen’s life’s work to bring jobs back from abroad, proving that America can be the most profitable nation on earth again, employing American workers in American plants.
Nehlen opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Ryan supports.
According to The Washington Post on Friday, Ryan was “incredulous” that Nehlen had suggested that U.S. Muslims adherent to Sharia Law should be deported and predicted that the voters would “thoroughly reject this on Tuesday.” Sharia imposes a strict behavioral and dress code on women and dictates every other aspect of their lives, including who they will marry and when. Girls as young as six years old have been married off to men many times their age.
Many believe that Sharia Law is the greatest danger to freedom in the world today. According to former presidential candidate and Trump supporter Dr. Ben Carson, the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are utterly rejected by Sharia Law, imposing a divine totalitarian state which grants or removes every right of every subject by their interpretation of God’s will.
The Post & Email’s source said that if Ryan is re-elected and Trump elected as president, Ryan will “ally with the Democrats” during Trump’s first 100 days, which the source said would pose a “national security issue.” “Having the threat of a speaker who allies with the Democrats against a sitting Republican president is devastating,” the source told us.
In closing, the source told us, “Nehlen has established himself on the national political scene. He has an incredibly bright future, win or lose, and he will always be a champion of the exact same causes that have given Donald Trump the Republican nomination. However, I very much expect he’ll be doing it as the congressional representative for Wisconsin District 1.”