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Son Of Slain Sikh To Challenge Paul Ryan In Wisconsin 2014


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Kaleka suspected that Obama stayed away to sidestep a controversial issue during an election year. To Kaleka, that meant the president was putting politics before people -- a trend he saw repeated by other lawmakers every time he visited Washington, D.C.

He cites polls showing that 90 percent of Americans favored stronger background checks for gun buyers, yet even then Congress failed to act. That disgusted him.

"They're more concerned with the groups, the corporations that are giving them money than with what the people want," he said.

Kaleka knows he'd be taking on a formidable candidate. Ryan has so much political clout that he raised $1.7 million in the first six months of the year, nearly three times more than any other member of Wisconsin's congressional delegation.

Kaleka hopes to counter in part by tapping into the wealthy Indian and Arabic communities that he said encouraged him to run in the first place. If he can demonstrate his fundraising chops he expects the national Democratic Party, which he said supports his candidacy, to step in with another $1 million to $2 million.

I would vote for anyone running against Paul Ryan.

But Kaleka is not just anyone. He sounds awesome.

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