Paul Ryan’s Betrayal
This isn’t your normal campaign website. Conventional wisdom says
that you should never mention your opponent’s name. But then, this isn’t
a conventional campaign.
So, why would I buck all standard advice and include a page on my
campaign website to talk so directly about Paul Ryan’s betrayal of us?
For the same reason I’ve chosen to buck the establishment by running for
this congressional seat in the first place. The status
quo—convention—isn’t working for us in Washington, D.C. And it’s not
going to work in this campaign.
My opponent needs to be called out—by name.
Paul Ryan Betrayed Me
I was arguably Paul Ryan’s biggest supporter in Wisconsin’s 1st
Congressional District. I pounded signs for him, made phone calls, and
worked to get people out to vote for what Ryan said was his
priority—getting Americans, and specifically people from our district,
In a district that has deep roots in manufacturing and industry, what could be more important?
But what Paul Ryan claimed he wanted to accomplish and what he’s actually doing? The fact is, they simply don’t match up.
Paul Ryan Has Betrayed Wisconsin’s 1st District
Like many people in this district, I’ve had the opportunity to meet Paul
Ryan personally. He’s shaken my hand. He’s looked me in the eye. He’s
made promises to me and many others about policies he would and would
not support on behalf of this district. We’ve all watched as he’s broken
every single one of those promises.
I’m a manufacturing guy and an inventor. I started my working life
right on the factory floor and worked my way up to run manufacturing
companies. That’s part of what I love about Wisconsin’s 1st District and
one of the chief reasons why—of all the places I could have chosen to
settle—I chose to be here. The southeast corner of Wisconsin has deep
roots in manufacturing and industry.
So, when Paul Ryan began pushing a massive, job-killing international
“trade” deal known as the Trade Promotion Authority and Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPA/TPP), it was the final straw for me. I know what
TPA/TPP will do to this district. It sells out American workers. It
sells out American business and industry. It will kill the economy in
this district, never mind the rest of the nation.
Why would Paul Ryan do such a thing?
I asked myself that question again and again, trying to understand. I
couldn’t believe he would be so reckless. I couldn’t believe he would
sell out his own district in that way.
And then I started looking at public records…and it all began to make sense.
Approximately 83 percent of Paul Ryan’s campaign funding comes from
outside of Wisconsin’s 1st District. And of that 83 percent, 65 percent
of his funding comes straight from Washington, D.C. and Alexandria,
Paul Ryan isn’t representing our district. He’s representing the big
businesses and big banks that pour money into his campaign coffers. It’s
their agendas he’s carrying forward with his votes in Congress…not
Paul Ryan Has Betrayed This Country and Its Citizens
TPA/TPP is just the beginning of Paul Ryan’s betrayal. He’s supported
numerous policies and measures that are already doing profound damage to
this nation’s economy, to our security as citizens, and to our personal
Like so many other establishment politicians before him, He’s
embraced out-of-control spending via Omnibus spending bills. He’s used
budgets to fund dangerous immigration policies that put American lives
at risk. He’s voted for bills that compromise our constitutional and
And the list goes on.
How much should we take?
How long should we take it?
I’ve had it.
I hope you have, too.
And I hope you’ll join me in what I believe can be a very powerful
movement to push back against the Washington machine by challenging and
removing the guy who now pulls many of its levers.
Paul Ryan has betrayed us all.
Together, let’s put a stop to it.