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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Zerban announces exploratory committee for second run against Ryan

Dem Rob Zerban announced today he is forming an exploratory committee to look at a second run against U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville.

Zerban timed his announcement as the House of Representatives prepares to vote on  Ryan's budget. The Kenosha Dem said in a statement he's heard from people all over the district since the election urging him to run again.

"I've been listening to people from Janesville to Racine talk about their need for jobs and economic security, good schools and fair pay, and a strong social safety net for the hardships life sometimes throws our way," Zerban said. "The formation of this exploratory committee is simply a formalizing of that process of listening to my friends and neighbors."

Zerban gave Ryan the closest race of the Janesville Republican's congressional career. But Ryan still won the southeastern Wisconsin district with 55 percent of the vote. Ryan outspent Zerban $6.4 million to $2.3 million.

Zerban finished the year with $15,619 in his campaign account, according to his report posted at the FEC site.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Joe Fadness dismissed Zerban's announcement, saying it signaled an attempt at "another desperate negative campaign" against Ryan.

"Zerban’s 2012 campaign was light on substance and heavy on misleading falsehoods," Fadness said in a statement. "If elected, he would be nothing more than a rubber stamp [for] the destructive policies of President Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s that have left this nation with record debt, high unemployment and ruinous spending."

-- By JR Ross


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