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Monday, March 28, 2016

 
Young Gun under fire

by digby

























Everyone keeps saying that Paul Ryan is really running for president and I suspect that may be true, at least as a back-up measure if the convention turns into a free-for-all. But I do not believe that he's the "consensus" candidate that many people think he is.  The wingnuts are still apoplectic at his alleged apostasy on the Omnibus spending bill and they see him as part of the "Washington cartel."  And now this:

A wealthy businessman with tea party ties confirmed Sunday that he is mounting a primary challenge to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, saying that after donating to the Wisconsin Republican’s past campaigns he feels “betrayed” by the speaker on trade deals and immigration. 
The businessman, who is not yet revealing his identity, promised that his run will “shake up the establishment in a profound way,” according to a political consultant close to the prospective candidate. 
The emergence of a viable Republican challenger in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District is the culmination of a monthslong 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. 
Eric Odom, a conservative activist and political consultant in Wisconsin, confirmed with “100 percent certainty” that a local business leader would be running to oust Mr. Ryan.
“I’ve had the privilege of attending multiple meetings with this individual, during which he has expressed his sense of betrayal by Speaker Ryan. He has a strong desire to see real representation for the people of the district versus a congressman who represents special interests in Washington,” he said. 
“It’s very personal for him,” Mr. Odom added. “He intends to run a full-scale candidacy that will shake up the establishment in a profound way.”

Thee have been some good Democrats running against Ryan in the past and if they'd had some serious support from the party they might have even won.  But those were different times. Ryan was the handsome Young Gun wonk with all the potential in the world. Now he's just another corrupt Washington whore.  Like Eric Cantor, his young gun buddy.

It's unlikely that a House speaker would be ousted in a primary but we are in uncharted waters. Who knows?

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