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Son of Slain Sikh to Challenge Ryan

Posted at: 10/14/2013 1:47 PM



MILWAUKEE (AP) - The son of a slain Sikh temple president plans to challenge former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan in next year's congressional election.

Amar Kaleka tells The Associated Press he wants to bring accountability and transparency back to Washington.

Kaleka's father was one of six people gunned down by a white supremacist at their temple last year. Afterward Kaleka urged lawmakers to strengthen gun legislation. He says Congress seemed more interested in serving lobbyists than the American public.

Kaleka says he'll file paperwork Wednesday to form an exploratory congressional committee. The 35-year-old Democrat plans to announce his candidacy formally next month.

Ryan's prominence and fundraising prowess make him a formidable opponent. But Kaleka hopes to raise money from wealthy ethnic communities and the national Democratic Party.

Prior Ryan challenger plans 'announcement rally'

The Democrat who failed to unseat Rep. Paul Ryan last year is planning an "announcement rally" at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Rob Zerban has formed a congressional exploratory committee but he hasn't formally announced his candidacy. Committee coordinator Al Benninghoff says the Oct. 26 event is being billed as an "announcement rally" but he didn't have further details.

Benninghoff welcomed Amar Kaleka's announcement, saying that's what the primary process is for.

Zerban is a former Kenosha County board member.

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