Paul Ryan Faces Tea Party Primary Challenger


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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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House Speaker [crscore]Paul Ryan[/crscore] will face a primary challenge from a wealthy businessman whose name has not yet been revealed, the Washington Times reported Monday.

Eric Odom, a Wisconsin-based political consultant, said the soon-to-be-candidate feels “betrayed” by Ryan’s positions on trade and immigration.

“It’s very personal for him,” he told the Washington Times. “He intends to run a full-scale candidacy that will shake up the establishment in a profound way.”

Odom revealed the unnamed challenger has donated to the nine-term congressman, but feels it is time for a change.

His opponent faces a tough race as Ryan has won Wisconsin’s 1st district by a landslide in past elections.

Unseating congressional leadership is rare but not unheard of – former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary for Virginia’s 7th congressional district in a political upset to Rep. [crscore]Dave Brat[/crscore], a tea party challenger, in 2014.

Ryan currently has more than $5 million in cash on hand for his race.

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