He was once riding high, as Mitt Romney’s pick as vice presidential running mate. Photos of him lifting weights even made him, briefly, a Republican party pin up.
However, four years is a lifetime in politics, and one veteran Republican lawmaker is learning that the hard way.
Paul Ryan, one of the most powerful men in Washington, is now struggling to keep his job, as Breitbart reports:
A poll of likely Republican voters shows House Speaker Paul Ryan well below 50 percent in his race to maintain his seat in Wisconsin’s first Congressional district. (…)
Ryan’s challenger, Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen, is polling at 32 percent.
“Paul Ryan is the most open borders, pro-Wall Street, anti-worker member of Congress in either party,” Paul Nehlen said during a Saturday press conference, which was held in front of Ryan’s border wall surrounding his Janesville mansion. “Everything that Americans despise about their government, Paul Ryan represents… Can you name one time when Paul Ryan fought as hard for you and your family as he’s fought for corporate America?” Nehlen asked.
Breitbart reporter Julia Hahn goes on to list many of Ryan’s policy missteps, especially his “two-decade long history of pushing open borders” and “globalist policies.”
The Nehlen campaign notes that Ryan’s 43 percent “represents a drop of more than 30 points since the Nehlen campaign began polling likely Republican primary voters earlier in the year.”
Whatever his record representing his state, Ryan now seems out of touch with voters’ current mood.
Wisconsin voters look poised for a change!