Talk about your carpetbaggers.
Having been unsuccessful with in-state candidates against House Speaker Paul Ryan for years, local Democrats have been reduced to importing Ryan’s next challenger from Ohio. If the name “David Yankovich” is unfamiliar to you, don’t worry as you’re going to be hearing much more about it in the coming weeks and months.
For starters, Tuesday was “Moving Day” for him according to his Twitter account. One person commenting on Twitter called this “carpetbragging:”As Yankovich’s tweet points out, he’s currently in the process of moving to Wisconsin; likely the Kenosha area. This means he has no legitimate ties to the state or its politics. He has no in-state family, no connections, no ideas about local issues. All that appears to be driving his candidacy is a drive by local liberal activists to use him as a tool for their political grudges against Ryan. Such a strategy might sound good on paper given Yankovich’s online presence as an activist and occasional Huffington Post columnist; but it has a rather poor track record of success.
Yankovich’s name was first tossed around in early May, when Speaker Ryan’s 2016 opponent, Ryan Solen, issued a press release saying he had no interest in running in 2018. Instead, he would “declare my support for David Yankovich to seek the nomination.” This was quickly followed up by an article in the Janesville Gazette, offering this profile of Yankovich:
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