MADISON — House
Speaker Paul Ryan's primary challenger bills himself as the owner
of a small consulting business even though he has only consulted
with personal clients for free, his campaign said Tuesday.
campaign website portrays him as an executive, entrepreneur and
inventor. It notes he established a consulting firm called Blue
Skies LLC. The site offers only a vague description of the firm's
services, saying it "leverages key networks and technologies
on behalf of the companies with which it partners, in order to
ensure that they can deliver outstanding, cost-effective
engineered products and projects."
responded to Associated Press inquiries about the firm on Tuesday
with an email saying Nehlen formed Blue Skies Global as a
part-time, home-based consulting business in 2014. Shortly
afterward, Nehlen took a full-time job as senior vice president
with Neptune Benson, a Rhode Island-based water filtration company
with a manufacturing plant in Beaver Dam.
Since he took
that job, Nehlen has consulted only with "some personal
clients on a pro bono basis" in his Blue Skies Global
capacity, the campaign's statement said.
Nehlen and Ryan
will square off in the Aug. 9 primary. The winner will advance to
the Nov. 8 general election. Nehlen faces a steep uphill battle
against Ryan, the highest-ranking Republican in the country and an
spokesman declined comment.