Ryan hired veteran Democrative operative Pete D’Alessandro, who worked for the Vermont senator in Iowa in 2016, ABC News reported, but D’Alessandro downplayed his role.
“I’m helping this guy anyway I can through the end of this year,” D’Allesandro said.
“He was here quite a bit for me,” D’Allesandro said. “That’s how I do things, and that’s how this is being done for the rest of this year, at least.”
Sanders narrowly lost the Iowa caucuses to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
After the 2016 election, Ryan challenged Nancy Pelosi to become House Minority Leader but lost.
The report said Ryan would not only target working class whites, which has been a focus of his visits nationwide, but also the so-called “yoga vote.”
“The so-called yoga voters are the kind of folks who realize that while they grew up with their mom saying, ‘Pay attention,’ nobody trained them in how to pay attention and use their mind to focus on what’s important,” James Gimian, the publisher of Mindful magazine, told the Intercept.
Ryan’s office would not comment on the Intercept story.