Paul Nehlen -- the Donald Trump-admiring Wisconsin businessman who tried to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan -- says he's not done with politics, or trying to oust Ryan.
“We are absolutely going to make sure Paul Ryan is being held accountable to the people,” Nehlen told FoxNews.com after his loss Tuesday to Ryan in the Wisconsin GOP primary. “You’ll be hearing from me shortly.”
Nehlen lost by roughly 70 percentage points in his bid to deny Ryan a 10th term in the state’s 1st Congressional District but not before attracting national attention to the race.
Outside money and the national media, looking for an upset like GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s 2014 loss in Virginia, became interested in the race after Nehlen backed Trump and the GOP presidential nominee thanked Nehlen in a tweet.
Nehlen, a first-time candidate, said Wednesday that he’s still undecided about whether he’ll run again for office but was steadfast about his plans to stop Ryan and what he considers his globalist agenda.
“But you won’t have to wait long, like a week,” Nehlen said.
The Ryan campaign did not immediately respond Saturday morning to a request for comment.
Even before the polls closed Tuesday, Nehlen had declared victory, saying his renegade campaign -- including stops on his Harley-Davidson -- throttled Ryan’s support for the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Obama administration’s international trade deal that critics argue will ship more U.S. manufacturing jobs overseas.
“I took on the leader of the globalist agenda, the leader of the Republican Party, the Koch brothers,” he said.
That Nehlen was not finished in politics seemed clear during his post-election speech.
“Are you prepared to carry on with me tomorrow, and next week and two years from now … and to free this country from its failed leaders?” he asked. “Thank you for joining me in this great American journey.”
Nehlen argued that receiving money from people in every U.S. state proves that people across the country, not just him, are concerned about Ryan’s agenda in the GOP-led House, which Nehlen says also includes amnesty for illegal immigrants and support for criminal justice reform.
“If you drew a (fundraising) heat map, the red dot for Paul Ryan would be over his district. His money came from the inside. Even Democrats were donating to me. Bernie (Sanders) folks wanted somebody to stop TPP.”