Businessman Paul Nehlen is accusing House Speaker Paul Ryan of corruption by “selling his vote” on trade deals and using taxpayer money to fund his political campaign. Nehlen is Ryan’s primary opponent in the upcoming Wisconsin congressional race and is already endorsed by conservative firebrand Michelle Malkin.
Nehlen is convinced that Speaker Paul Ryan “sold his vote” to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”), a 5500 page government rule book controlling international trade. He notes that 83% of Ryan’s funding comes from outside the Wisconsin district and 63% of it comes from inside the D.C. beltway. Nehlen says Ryan is using tax dollars to campaign against him:
Paul Ryan drove the Wiener mobile out of school. He doesn’t have experience creating jobs. He has experience spending other people’s money. Ryan is using taxpayers’ dollars to run a campaign against me.
By contrast, Nehlen has put a substantial amount of his own hard earned money into his campaign. Although he declined to provide specific numbers, he said that the amount is between five and eight figures, hiring experts for every aspect of the campaign.
The TPP deal was the tipping point that prompted Nehlen to run against Speaker Ryan. Nehlen believes that American businessmen and women know how to compete overseas. The missing ingredient is freedom. “We don’t need a government plan. . . . We don’t need 5500 pages to have ‘free trade’ — that’s ‘managed trade.'”
A savvy businessman, Paul Nehlen assembled his grassroots campaign team over last few months. According to Nehlen, they are not “campaign people”. No big dollar consultants out of DC, no big names. His campaign team is composed of regular everyday Americans who came together to support Nehlen in his bid to unseat Ryan following Ryan’s support of the TPP deal.
To help Americans succeed, Nehlen intends to get government out of the way of business by slashing regulations in order to stop government hands from dipping into the private business money till.
[Speaker Paul Ryan’s] solution to all small business problems is more government. I reject that. If you think government knows better than regular business people, Ryan is your guy. I’ve done a budget in business every year for 30 years. That’s real world experience. The main ingredient to success is [getting] government out of the way.
Nehlen favors a reduction in corporate taxes along the lines of Dr. Ben Carson’s tax plan to help counter the rising cost of doing business.
Keeping the race to issues is key and Nehlen will not weigh in on the presidential race shaping up nor make presidential issues part of his campaign. He also intends to focus on national issues that uniquely impact Wisconsin’s first district, such as immigration and temporary visas, and will highlight what he calls Speaker Ryan’s betrayals when it comes to immigration, trade, and addressing the costs and burdens on American businesses.
See Politichick’s profile of Paul Nehlen HERE.
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