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 (UH'-mer) 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.
Created: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 01:17:04 EST
Updated: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 01:17:04 EST