Rob Zerban delivers 50,000 petitions demanding a debate with Paul Ryan

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        October 3, 2012

Contact: Karthik Ganapathy, (347) 881-3784



JANESVILLE—Several dozen supporters today joined small business owner and Congressional candidate Rob Zerban as he hand-delivered a petition signed by more than 50,000 people to Paul Ryan’s campaign office, demanding that the Congressman return to the district for a debate. In recent weeks, local newspapers, non-partisan organizations, and past Congressional challengers have all called on Ryan to return to Wisconsin and defend his radical budget plan in front of voters.


“Congressman Ryan has been chosen as Mitt Romney’s running mate precisely because they see eye to eye on dismantling the social safety nets,” said Rob Zerban. “They want to write off the 47% because they can’t relate to the 47%. Paul Ryan is so busy jetting across the country carrying water for Mitt Romney that he may have forgotten he’s still running for Congress right here in Wisconsin. But as long as Paul Ryan’s name is still on the ballot here at home, it’s our job to hold him accountable.”


Zerban added: “We’re here today, 50,000 strong with one simple message: Paul Ryan, you have a choice. You can come back to this district and give voters the lively debate we deserve, or you can ignore this district and keep gallivanting around the country. But be ready to pay the price on Election Day.”


Ryan has thus far refused to schedule a debate with Congressional challenger Rob Zerban, despite mounting pressure from local residents. Common Cause in Wisconsin, Citizens Action of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans and the United Auto Workers at Local 95 in Janesville are among the local organizations calling for a debate in the First District.


“As a constituent of Paul Ryan's, I also feel that if he's serious about remaining our congressional representative, the voters have the right to know where he stands on issues relating to our district,” said Ted F., a voter from Pleasant Prairie. “His challenger, Rob Zerban is more than willing to share his vision and debate the issues.”




Recent editorials by major newspapers in Wisconsin have called on Paul Ryan to return for a debate with Congressional challenger Rob Zerban:


“If you want to run for two offices, you should give the voters a chance to see you side-by-side with both of your opponents.”

Racine Journal-Times, Ryan should debate Zerban


“We think Ryan, who has made several stops in Wisconsin in his vice presidential campaign and who is running television ads to support his congressional campaign, ought to make time in his schedule to debate his opponent in the 1st District, Democrat Rob Zerban, a businessman and former member of the Kenosha County Board. The invitations have been extended.”

Kenosha News, Let’s have at least one debate


“…Zerban is making this a real race. And Ryan owes the voters of Janesville and the other communities that make up the 1st Congressional District a real debate.”

The Cap Times, Ryan should respect constituents by debating Zerban


Rob Zerban is running to replace Rep. Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. He is an experienced business owner and job creator, having founded two companies with more than 45 employees after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. In recent weeks and months, his campaign has built momentum through the grassroots support of Wisconsinites who oppose the reckless Ryan budget.



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