Saturday, October 18, 2008

Paul Ryan is Running for Congress

While the Presidential race takes the most political air time in the Milwaukee area, one cannot ignore the recent Paul Ryan for Congress ads. Below is an example of one of his new TV spots.

Rep. Ryan has been seen as a rising star for the GOP in Washington, but is running TV commercials for what should be a safe seat. His challenger, Marge Krupp, has not raised a tenth of what he has raised this term*, and he is a well positioned incumbent.

So why is Ryan including TV time in his campaign?

It has long been rumored that Ryan will seek candidacy for U.S. Senate in 2012 for Herb Kohl's current seat. Kohl is expected to retire after this term and an open seat would be the best shot for Ryan running for this higher office. The Janesville Republican might even be considering a run for Governor or challenging Sen. Russ Feingold in 2010.

By advertising for his House campaign in the Milwaukee media market, Congressman Ryan may be trying to get valuable face time with swing voters in a very populated area of the state.

Of course, this is all speculation - as it is impossible to say exactly what Ryan's intentions are. But it is more than likely that he is keeping a watchful eye on the future and planting the seeds of a campaign for a statewide race.

*Information provided by Diana Marrero of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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