Paul Nehlen

Paul Ryan Primary Opponent Promotes Debunked ‘Pizzagate’
Paul Nehlen said he believes conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton and child sex ring

Wisconsin Republican Paul Nehlen lost to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan by 68 points in last year’s 2016 Republican primary. (Courtesy Nehlen for Congress Facebook page)

The primary challenger to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he believes the debunked conspiracy theory known as “Pizzagate.”

Wisconsin Republican Paul Nehlen made the disclosure while attempting to connect with voters through an online question-and-answer session on Reddit earlier this month, The Associated Press reported.

Congressional Republicans Should Be Afraid of Steve Bannon
Senior White House adviser has no love for the GOP

Steve Bannon, right, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, could pose a threat to some GOP lawmakers, Nathan L. Gonzales writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s no secret that Steve Bannon wants to oversee the demise of the mainstream media, but President Donald Trump’s senior adviser probably wouldn’t mind incapacitating the Republican Party in order to remake it into his own image as well. 

Bannon (and Trump, for that matter) recently referred to the media, as “the opposition party.” That’s a cause congressional Republicans could get behind, but a series of emails last year could foreshadow a big problem for GOP incumbents, particularly those who disagree with the president or his administration.

Paul Ryan's Primary Opponent Now Challenging Him for Speaker
Paul Nehlen announces bid for speakership after 68-point primary loss

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan trounced his Republican primary foe in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryantrounced his Republican primary opponent Paul Nehlen by a 68-point margin in August in Wisconsin's 1st District, but that defeat isn’t stopping Nehlen from challenging Ryan again. 

This time Nehlen is vying with Ryan for nothing less than the speaker’s gavel. The speaker of the House does not have to be a sitting member of Congress, though a nonmember has never been elected to that position. 

Ryan Easily Fends Off Primary Challenger in Wisconsin
Speaker defeats newcomer Paul Nehlen, who had tried to tie himself to Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sarah Palin's May prediction that Speaker Paul D. Ryan would be "Cantored" proved way off Tuesday. Ryan handily defeated his primary opponent in Wisconsin's 1st congressional district. 

Paul Nehlen’s long-shot bid to oust Ryan was just that — a long shot. The Associated Press called the race in favor of Ryan at about 9:30 p.m. Eastern time, shortly after polls closed in Wisconsin. Ryan won with 85 percent of the vote over Nehlen’s 16 percent.  

Mike Pence Breaks With Trump to Endorse Paul Ryan
"We need Paul Ryan in leadership in the Congress of the United States"

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence offered a strong endorsement of Speaker Paul D. Ryan's re-election campaign Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican vice presidential nominee and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence came out on Wednesday to endorse Speaker Paul D. Ryan in his primary contest, despite Donald Trump's refusal to endorse the Wisconsin Republican a day earlier.   

"I strongly support Paul Ryan, strongly endorse his reelection," Pence said in an interview with Fox News. "I believe we need Paul Ryan in leadership in the Congress of the United States to rebuild our military, to strengthen our economy and to ensure that we have the kind of leadership in this country that will make America great again."  

Paul Ryan's Primary Opponent Uses Trump To His Advantage
Paul Nehlen is running against House speaker in Aug. 9 primary

Paul Nehlen is using Donald Trump's refusal to endorse Paul D. Ryan  as a springboard in his primary battle against the House speaker.  

Gov. Mike Pence on Wednesday came out and endorsed Ryan in his primary election.  

Paul Ryan’s Challenger: “Maybe We Can Arm Wrestle"
Sarah Palin says speaker will go the way of Eric Cantor for not backing Trump

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan's primary challenger saw his profile boosted over the weekend thanks to an endorsement from Sarah Palin, but does he have a chance to "Cantor" Ryan as Dave Brat did to the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014?  

Paul Nehlen entered the race against the speaker in Wisconsin's 1st District with some backing from the tea party. Ryan had more than $7.6 million in cash on hand at the end of March according to Federal Election Commission filings.