Paul Ryan: Van Wanggaard Proved He Can Lead

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BuHZatzCYAARM43 (1)In an editorial, Rep. Paul Ryan shared his endorsement for Van Wanggaard, who is running for election in a Tuesday, August 12th primary. Please make sure you and everyone you know remembers to get out and vote! Originally featured on Right Wisconsin:

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my time representing Wisconsinites, it’s that we need leaders who will step up. Leaders who know who they are, what they stand for, and who are willing to fight for their beliefs, even if it’s the unpopular thing to do.  Van Wanggaard has proven himself to be that leader.

I remember Act 10 like it was yesterday.  I recall sitting in my office in Washington, watching coverage of the protests live on TV.  Governor Scott Walker told reporters that despite the death threats and the furor outside of the Capitol, he was going to stick it out.

I remember thinking,“I wonder how my friends, and the people who represent me as a taxpayer in Wisconsin are doing in all of this.” So I got out my phone, looked through a couple of numbers, and I called Van Wanggaard who was in a meeting at the time, discussing with the other Republican Senators how they were going to deal with the situation.

I asked Van what he was going to do, and he said, “I’m going to do what I came here to do. I’m going to vote for it. I believe it’s the right thing for our state.”

It was abundantly clear to me from that conversation with Van that he knew he was about to take a vote that could cost him his job. A job that he just fought hard to get. But he was going to do it anyway because he knew that it was what our state needed.

As I hung up the phone I thought to myself, “Wow, that’s courage.”

We have an opportunity in the 21st State Senate District to elect someone who we know will get the job done — because he’s already done it. Van has proven his commitment to conservative principles.  While in the State Senate he focused on solutions that helped bring more jobs to Southeast Wisconsin, and played an essential role in putting our state back on the path of fiscal sanity.

During one of the most politically polarizing times in our state, Van stood with Scott Walker when the Governor needed him most. He’s fought for Wisconsinites to limit the reach of our government, restore our liberties, and promote our conservative values.  He stood strong, and stuck to his principles. Van understands that hard-working taxpayers deserve a representative who puts their interests above his own.

And he’s not done yet.  Van has a plan to keep moving Wisconsin forward by eliminating the tax on retirement income so that residents will stay here and contribute to our state’s economy after they retire.  He wants to continue cutting taxes for everyone.  I have no doubt that when he goes back to Madison he will accomplish these things — because Van has the experience and the courage to fight for what is right.

Most importantly, Van says what he’s going to do and then he does it. When times are tough, you find and measure a person.  You take stock. Van was there when we needed him to be.  We should reward his courage and vote for Van Wanggaard on August 12.