Paul Ryan may be more concerned about Barack Obama these days, but his Democratic challenger in Wisconsin’s first congressional district, Kenosha’s Rob Zerban, is still running hard against the nominee for vice-president.
Zerban, an environmental activist and former business owner, blasted Ryan this weekend on “UpFront with Mike Gousha.”
“If he feels he can run for two offices at the same time, he should be back here to run a campaign against me,” Zerban said. (More from WisPolitics here.)
Conservative columnist Christian Schneider, who writes for the Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, argues in a piece for the National Review that even with Ryan distracted by a national race, Democrats have little chance of flipping the seat.
Residents of the first congressional district will have the chance this November to vote for (or against) Ryan twice, if they wish. State law allows him to run for both offices. If Romney wins, a special election will be held for Ryan’s seat in Congress. The sages at the Washington Post warned a couple weeks ago that Democrats could cast Ryan as an “absentee candidate” in his congressional district if he chose to run for both reelection and alongside Romney, as he has.
Whether it matters is another issue; Zerban’s still trailing Ryan by a mile.