House Speaker Paul Ryan is being challenged in the Republican primary. Forty-six year-old Delavan businessman Paul Nehlen says he once volunteered for the Janesville Republican but now criticizes Ryan over his support for international trade deals and for receiving the majority of his campaign funding from outside the 1st Congressional District.
Nehlen, who will face Ryan in the August 9 primary, filed his campaign papers on April 1 and is officially launching his campaign Saturday with the opening of his headquarters in Kenosha.
Ryan’s campaign declined to comment.
Ryan was first elected to the House in 1998 and became Speaker in October, after John Boehner stepped down.