House Speaker Paul Ryan gets Republican challenger

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Posted: Apr 08, 2016 5:05 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is being challenged in the Republican primary by a Wisconsin businessman who says he once volunteered for the congressman but now feels betrayed.

Paul Nehlen, of Delavan, Wisconsin, launched his underdog campaign last week. Nehlen says Ryan is an "establishment politician" who supports out-of-control spending and "dangerous immigration policies."

Ryan's campaign spokesman Zack Roday declined comment.

Nehlen will face Ryan in the Aug. 9 primary.

Ryan was first elected to the House representing southern Wisconsin's 1st District in 1998. He was chosen as House speaker in October, after John Boehner stepped down.

Nehlen is senior vice president of operations for the water filtration company Neptune Benson. He also owns the business consulting firm Blue Skies Global.